JCC and Manufacturers Work Together on New Scholarship

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Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

Building partnerships is essential to address today’s complex challenges. Workforce development is one of those challenges. Simply put, we have employers that can’t find workers. Our region, New York State and the rest of the nation have been hit by a retirement tsunami. The lack of a workforce is holding our economy back from meeting its full potential. Specifically, manufacturers in our community are having to turn away contracts because they don’t have enough people to do the work.
To build the workforce of today and tomorrow, organizations will have to collaborate in new ways and reinvent strategies and approaches to getting people trained and into the local workforce. To that end, Jamestown Community College (JCC) and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) have gathered input from manufacturers in the region to design the Workforce Readiness Scholarship. Students who qualify for this scholarship will receive a tuition-free education at JCC as well as be connected with an employer who will provide either a paid internship, part-time employment or an apprenticeship.
The workforce readiness scholarship can be used for programs offered through JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) including: Industrial Equipment Technology certificate, Machine Tool Technology certificate, Welding Technology certificate and degree, Mechanical Technology degree and the Computer Aided Design & Computer Numeric Control certificate.
Today’s manufacturing is state-of-the-art, high-speed, and high-tech. Manufacturing careers pay well and provide good benefits. The Workforce Readiness Scholarship is a great opportunity for individuals interested in entering a manufacturing career in the region. The training and education provided through MTI at JCC will prepare individuals for a great career.
We are asking our community; specifically potential students, parents, grandparents, educators, counselors, and local leaders, to give us a call. Give us a call if you know someone who is interested or if you personally want to learn more about the Workforce Readiness Scholarship. For more information contact Jeff Teluk, Director of Engineering Science and Technology at Jamestown Community College at 338-1324 or email jeffteluk@mail.sunyjff.edu. You may also visit www.sunyjcc.edu/wrscholarhip. Manufacturers interested in participating in this effort should call Tim Piazza, Talent Pipeline Manager / Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, at 483-1833 or email tpiazza@mast-wny.com.