JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — Jamestown Community College has opened a newly remodeled facility to kickstart the next generation of skilled workers.
SUNY JCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Thursday to showcase the new industrial and automotive center.
“I’m extremely excited. Due to the support of some local foundations and some grants and also the area employers that really gave us input into the programing, we’re very excited to have this,” said the director of workforce development Grant Umberger. “This is going to lead individuals, they’re going to be able to participate in short-term training that’s going to lead to meaningful employment, and these programs also articulate into our academic programs if students decide to go on and further their education.”
Several courses will be held in the newly remodeled facility, with two particular initiatives taking center stage.
“In this facility here, we’re going to do an industrial maintenance program, and we’re also going to do a building automation program here as well,” explained Umberger.
The end goal is to prepare Chautauqua County’s next generation of skilled workers.
“Individuals that take these programs do not need any prior knowledge or experience within the manufacturing area. We provide that foundational background and then we also do the training that’s required for entry-level and mid-level positions,” said Umberger.
Enrollment for the newly launched educational effort is already underway.
“Students can actually start signing up right now. If they go to the website, which is www.sunyjcc.edu, there’s a workforce link on there, click on the link and it has all of the program information on there including inquiry forms. If individuals complete that, we reach out to them, they don’t have to reach out to us,”
In addition to learning more online, interested students are invited to schedule an in-person tour of the new center as well.