Economic & Workforce Development Center: Impact Report 2017-19

New Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center Coming to MCC Downtown Campus A NEW HOME FOR COHORT-BASED CURRICULA.

The 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center which is in development will be housed on the fifth and sixth floors of the MCC downtown campus, in currently undeveloped space. The new Center will support a catalog of short-term and accelerated training programs in support of technology-oriented careers centered on emergent smart technologies and Industry 4.0 skill sets. Fast-track, industry-driven education and training will enable individuals of all ages to earn stackable credentials and progress toward an associate degree. Training opportunities will include programs in mechatronic systems, automation and robotics, industrial internet of things, and skilled trade technologies. A portion of the dedicated space will be also used to support an expanded catalog of apprenticeship training and active placement and career services for students.

Housed in flexible learning spaces outfitted with cutting-edge training equipment, the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center (FWD Center) will allow MCC to respond more rapidly to high-demand, high-tech fields, creating programs that meet the evolving needs of the region’s industry in the years to come. The Center will also facilitate partnerships by being accessible to other regional entities that want to leverage the facility for their own programs. Design and construction of the proposed center will be managed by Monroe County, and paid for by $11.4 million in funding from SUNY and New York state. The Center is scheduled to begin operations in January 2022.

Impact: The Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center will train and upskill over 2,500 residents and incumbent workers for skill-based and technical positions within the first five years of its operation.

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