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Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Community College has received $980,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council to expand and enhance its advanced manufacturing programs in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
REDC funds will allow JCC to expand advanced manufacturing programs to the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, upgrade outdated equipment and supplies at the Manufacturing Technology Institute on the Jamestown Campus, offer new courses and sections at both sites, and increase capacity to serve new students.
Construction of the Cattaraugus County Campus Manufacturing Technology Institute is expected to be completed in summer 2016 with classes and training available in the fall semester.
JCC’s project to provide workforce development programs at both of its campuses aligns with the REDC’s strategy for the western New York region. Manufacturing is the largest private employer in JCC’s service area and advanced manufacturing is listed among the eight strongest industry sectors in western New York with significant potential for job growth and increased wages.
Both MTIs in Jamestown and Olean offer job readiness training programs with state of the art equipment and technology to high school graduates, older non-traditional students, the long-term unemployed, and displaced workers.
The facilities will provide specialized areas such as maker spaces in which local industrial entrepreneurs who may not have the funds to equip a full shop can partner with JCC’s advanced manufacturing faculty and students to enhance prototype designs for their businesses.
REDC funds will also allow for the acquisition of equipment and technology to offer programs that are in high demand with local manufacturing needs. Both MTIs will also host middle school STEM programs to introduce young people to careers in manufacturing.
The ability to develop and provide relevant academic programs and non-credit training offerings reinforces JCC’s commitment to provide a student centered, quality education to area residents, prepare individuals for the local workforce, enhance regional workforce development efforts, and continue JCC’s strong relationships with area employers to address both incoming and incumbent employee skills.