Austin Community College District (ACC), hosted a reception celebrating the official opening of the NXP Semiconductors Advanced Manufacturing Lab at ACC Highland on Wednesday, November 29. 

View photos from the event in the Flickr album below.

The new lab is a premier training facility that supports hands-on, experiential learning for students. Those who work in the lab can develop skills specific to the semiconductor industry and other advanced manufacturing occupations. 

The lab was funded in part through a gift from the NXP Foundation. NXP not only funded $150,000 to procure mechatronic training equipment for the classroom laboratory space; it also dedicated $100,000 to establish the NXP Foundation Endowed Scholarship for students working toward an associate degree in advanced manufacturing or engineering technology.

“This generous donation has allowed us to give our students the skills that provide valuable hands-on experience,” says Dr. Laura Marmolejo, associate dean of Advanced Manufacturing. “ACC and NXP have developed a strong, collaborative partnership in support of educational opportunities for students aspiring to enter the semiconductor industry or advance their careers.” 

The new lab is equipped with five automated mechatronic equipment stations featuring state-of-the-art components. This equipment gives the students experience with common systems found in the workplace, creating authentic learning experiences that are directly aligned to industry standards.

To learn more about ACC’s Advanced Manufacturing programs, visit

ACC Foundation - NXP Lab Reception