WNY Works Launches to Build Manufacturing Skills

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WENY) — Three SUNY colleges are teaming up to help workers build skills for advanced manufacturing careers.

Jamestown Community College, Alfred State College and Genesee Community College, and have teamed up to establish wnyworks.org.

The new website is designed to attract both high school graduates and workers looking to upgrade their career paths.

Faculty at each college will stay in contact with regional employers to know the exact skills needed for graduates.

The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that $2.1 million jobs will be left empty by 2030 waiting for qualified manufacturing workers.

Vice President of Enrollment Management Betsy Penrose of Alfred State College said, “WNY Works is a collaborative effort to heighten awareness and interest in associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for individuals to launch high-demand careers.”

“The goal of this effort, in part, is to reframe perceptions of learning opportunities that lead to careers such as highly skilled trades and technical opportunities in manufacturing,” continued Penrose. “Stackable credentials and laddered programs now provide opportunities for both traditional-aged students and adults seeking retraining to start a new, viable, and well-compensated career.”


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