According to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the federal funding will be used to improve SUNY JCC’s robotics and engineering programs to help students and workers get jobs in tech fields like mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, and telecommunications engineering. Specifically, the funding will help purchase state-of-the-art equipment and update curriculum to include the latest technology being used by local employers. At least 10 companies, 35 students, 5 workers, and 1,150 K-12 participants will benefit from this new robotics and advanced technology programming.
“This vital investment will kick Jamestown Community College’s advanced technology programming into a higher gear, helping prepare students to get and keep the good-paying jobs of the future,” said Senator Schumer.
“I am happy to announce this funding for Jamestown Community College, which will help train students for success in engineering, robotics, and advanced technology. Investing in our students and workers is one of the best ways to strengthen our local workforce, and I will always fight for the resources to help them be successful,” said Senator Gillibrand.
“We are proud to support such an endeavor as this which will allow JCC to reinvigorate its mechanical, industrial and welding technology programs to better suit the needs of students and employers in Chautauqua County. We care about giving every opportunity of success to students in our district – and this is just one of the ways that can happen,” said Congressman Tom Reed.
JCC President Daniel Demarte said “In response to employer expressed workforce needs in the Southern Tier region, this grant will provide JCC the capacity to enhance its mechanical technology, industrial equipment technology and welding technology programs by incorporating relevant skills in automation and robotics.”
Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region.