DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – Our local congressman is touting manufacturing in Western New York, following a tour of a local career academy.
Congressman Nick Langworthy toured the Pathways in Technology Early College High School located in Dunkirk, where he saw first hand how local youth are learning skills in the manufacturing business.
“This visit is truly inspiring to see what young people are able to accomplish and tap into their potential as they work to support the growth of domestic manufacturing and securing the future of American industry, especially right here in the Southern Tier,“ explained Congressman Nick Langworthy.
After multiple questions, Langworthy was able to see the school is able to give students the skills needed to enter a much needed role in the United States.
“This is exactly what the doctor ordered,“ stated Congressman Langworthy. “As I go and tour manufacturing facilities, not just here in Chautauqua County, but across the district, I talk to employers across the state. They need a trained labor force, and the fact that there’s going to be a hundred young people in this program right here in Chautauqua County, that’s a big leg up for our local employers that can come in and cherry pick those graduating seniors and have trained bright people right out of the gates. Because labor is a crisis across this country right now, and trained labor forget about it.”
Manufacturing has turned into one of our region’s greatest assets.
“$24.5 billion dollars in shipments going out of Western New York from a variety of manufacturers,“ explained Todd Tranum, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and President of Dream It Do It WNY. “And those manufacturers are growing. They need employees to fill current jobs, but it’s also a special moment in manufacturing. We learned some lessons during COVID, we learned that we need a stronger U.S based supply chain, and Western New York is going to play an important role in that.”
This year, P-TECH was able to accept close to 100 students in total, including a higher number of female students. Most of them are able to join the local workforce right away.