SCAN Michigan2023-10-26T13:33:02-05:00
A Program Of The Semi Foundation | SCAN


SCAN Michigan brings customized training programs to microelectronics employers throughout the state. Michigan is investing in a talent pipeline to fill current and future roles within the chip industry, and SCAN was designed to assist in that process.


SEMI member companies in Southeast Michigan and the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan have been working for several months to launch their first Registered Apprenticeship Programs through SCAN. Companies will start hiring this fall for two roles: manufacturing technician and electronics repair technician. If your company is interested in building a Registered Apprenticeship Program or another earn and learn training, we’d be happy to help! Please contact us at


SCAN is a network of employers, training providers, government agencies, and community-based organizations that provides customized trainings for companies and connects job seekers to support services.

SCAN can be customized to each employer’s unique needs and can include:

  • Short-term “boot camps”
  • Introductions to the industry
  • Pre-apprenticeships

  • Certificate programs for new workers

  • Technical skills training
  • Specialized skills training
  • Professional/ “soft” skills training

  • Earn-and-learn programs
  • Registered Apprenticeship programs

  • Classroom, virtual, and/or on-the-job training

  • And more!


In 2022, the SEMI Foundation’s Executive Director, Shari Liss, met with Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to discuss Michigan’s goal to become a center for microelectronics manufacturing and to create economic opportunity in the state. As a result of those discussions, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and SEMI Foundation entered a partnership to bolster industry training with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The SEMI Foundation created four goals for this program: launch a national apprenticeship network and model, recruit more people of color and women into the industry, expand industry participation, and provide stackable industry-recognized credentials.

To achieve these goals, SCAN focuses on earn-and-learn training models, including short-term skills training and industry-recognized credentials. The program also creates a network that not only teaches the foundational and specialized skills needed for well-paid, high-demand microelectronics jobs but also connects trainees with critical wrap-around services and community resources.

Chips in Michigan builds awareness of Michigan as a global contender in the semiconductor industry.

Chips in Michigan builds awareness of Michigan as a global contender in the semiconductor industry.

meet the Michigan team

Patrick Gillen | SCAN Michigan
Patrick Gillen joined the SEMI Foundation as an Apprenticeship Administrator in September 2022.  He develops new employer relationships and supports the administration, data collection, and contract compliance of the SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) in Michigan, including both apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. He will also provide support for related SEMI Foundation programs.

Before joining SEMI, Patrick worked with clients at Thomas P. Miller and Associates to develop workforce and economic development solutions for their communities. Before that, Patrick worked as an advancement research specialist at Kent State University.

Jeana Harper-Kirkland | SCAN Michigan
Jeana Harper-Kirkland joined the SEMI Foundation as Program Navigator – SCAN Michigan in September 2022.  She is the boots-on-the ground support and coordinator for the design, development, and implementation of the SEMI Foundation’s SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) program in Michigan.

Before joining SEMI, Jeana worked as an Eligibility Specialist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and before that, as a Career Pathways Navigator and Instructor at Southwest Economic Solutions. Jeana also is a veteran Spanish Teacher and Teacher Coach with the Detroit Public Schools.

Jeana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from Eastern Michigan University with Teacher Certification. Jeana is located in Detroit, Michigan, where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, she runs her small business, enjoys reading, dances African and Latin dance, and is a “resource navigator” for family and friends.

Rick VanIttersumd | SCAN MichiganRick VanIttersum joined the SEMI Foundation as Program Manager – SCAN Michigan in September 2022. He strategizes, oversees, and implements the SEMI Foundation’s SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) program in Michigan. He collaborates closely with a wide range of external stakeholders, overseeing the development of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in multiple occupations in the industry.

Before joining SEMI, Rick spent eight years at Kinexus Group/Michigan Works! Berrien-Cass-Van Buren working as a Talent Development Specialist and then a Talent Development Manager in the American Job Center. Most recently, Rick served as Vocational Training Manager & Apprenticeship Success Coordinator. He managed apprenticeship building activity in Southwest Michigan and created new USDOL Registered Apprenticeship programs in non-traditional occupations.

Rick enjoys spending time with his wife Sara, his daughter Chloe (age 5), his son James (age 1), and his dog Brownie. Rick is an avid University of Michigan sports fan where he is a football season ticket holder, and has attended Michigan games at nearly every Big Ten campus (minus Rutgers and Maryland). He is looking forward to future Big Ten games at USC and UCLA. Rick also enjoys traveling, exploring craft breweries, and relaxing on Michigan’s many lakes and waterways.


SCAN will develop the foundational and specialized skills needed for well-paid, high-demand jobs and improve long-term career opportunities and overall industry retention for graduates. Anyone can find success in this industry, and SCAN is here to show the way.

We’re eternally grateful to our partners who have made this entire venture possible:

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Funding Partner
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation assists businesses in their growth strategies and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

ECHOCLEAN technology that inspires

Employer Partner
The SBS Ecoclean Group develops, produces, and markets forward-looking machinery, systems, and services for applications involving industrial parts cleaning and degreasing, ultrasonic precision parts cleaning, high-pressure water jet deburring, surface preparation, and surface treatment.

PSI Repair Services

Employer Partner
PSI Repair Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc., offers the world’s most complete range of repair and engineering services to resolve poorly performing electronics, hydraulics, robotics, and precision mechanical assemblies.

If you or someone you know is looking for a rewarding career, we’ve got the training and resources necessary to succeed. Let us show you what a career in the tech industry looks like—no experience or background required.

If you or someone you know is looking for a rewarding career, we’ve got the training and resources necessary to succeed. Let us show you what a career in the tech industry looks like— no experience or background required.



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