JAMESTOWN – The need for skilled workers was highlighted by officials during a Manufacturing Day proclamation in Jamestown on Thursday.
Leaders with SUNY JCC hosted several government and business officials at the college’s Manufacturing Technology Institute on Falconer Street.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Tranum says in times of economic turmoil the manufacturing industry, and the people who worked in it, are credited with strengthening the economy.
He says as society continues to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is one the of factors keeping the economy intact.
However, Tranum says the need for a strong workforce could hinder the success of the industry.
“It is incumbent on all of us to continue to spread the message to our kids, to our neighbors, to our friends, about what we have here in terms of a manufacturing base, the diversity of that manufacturing base and the importance of that manufacturing base and the great career opportunities and jobs opportunities in manufacturing here in Chautauqua County and throughout our region,” explained Tranum.
Throughout the years, SUNY JCC has developed a vast field of study in Manufacturing. The college offers programs from welding technology to computer-aided design.
Initiatives like Dream It Do It’s STEM Wars have engaged high school students from around the area with the industry.
Specifically, the annual event aims to show young people benefits of working in the field, and hopes to inspire them to further their education and work in the local area.