TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — Samsung presented leaders from the Taylor Independent School District with a $1 million check Tuesday to help get a new building and program off the ground.
The announcement about this sizable monetary donation came at the groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon for a new Career and Technical Education Center at Taylor High School. A Samsung representative shared how this will help invest in equipment, staffing and training needed for new classrooms and labs. The center is expected to open in fall 2025, district leaders said.
The speakers at Tuesday’s event detailed how they anticipate this new center will work to train Taylor ISD students for employment opportunities at the company’s massive new semiconductor plant.
“We know Taylor is going to be the central location for all of those things. Whether it’s Samsung, or Gemini, or any of the other opportunities that are coming to Eastern Williamson County, we have the ability to provide them exactly what they need and make sure our students are world class,” Rachelle Finck, director of behavioral health and student services at Taylor ISD, said.
This groundbreaking follows an already successful partnership between Samsung and Taylor ISD. The company now has an internship program where students get a first-hand look at the world of tech.
Jonathan Taylor, corporate vice president of fab engineering and public affairs for Samsung Austin Semiconductor, said ongoing partnerships the company has with Taylor ISD aims to benefit Samsung and students.
“It’s really all about the kids and being able to provide our kids more opportunities for them to enter a technical field,” Taylor said.
Construction is underway on Samsung’s multi-billion dollar semiconductor plant in Taylor. State leaders announced two years ago the project would come to Williamson County. At that time, Gov. Greg Abbott said the facility will create more than 2,000 tech jobs, thousands of indirect jobs and a minimum of 6,500 construction jobs.