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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:03am

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting for the new Manufacturing Technology Institute on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean at 11 a.m. on September 15.

Guided tours of the 20,000-square foot facility will be conducted from noon to 1 p.m.

“The advanced manufacturing and technical post-secondary educational programs that JCC is offering at MTI will contribute to the development of our local economy by bridging the demand and supply gap with highly skilled graduates,” noted John Sayegh, vice president of the Cattaraugus County Campus, continuing education, and external partnerships, “and gives students the opportunity to take marketable skills from the classroom directly into manufacturing sectors.” 

The building features classrooms, specialized training space for machining and other industrial skills, light duty labs, and a computer-aided design lab. JCC is offering credit and non-credit courses through its welding technology, CAD/CNC, and machine tool technology certificate programs to train skilled workers for regional manufacturers.

MTI also provides maker spaces in which local industrial entrepreneurs can partner with JCC’s advanced manufacturing faculty and students to develop prototypes.

Sayegh emphasized the hands-on experience with techniques such as 3-D printing that students can obtain through JCC’s programs will enhance their competitive edge.

Funding for construction of the new facility was provided through the State University of New York SUNY 2020 program, Empire State Development’s Regional Economic Development Corporation, the SUNY capital facilities division, and the Cattaraugus County Legislature, which is one of JCC’s regional sponsors.

Several businesses and corporations, including Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Cutco Foundation, Inc., Dresser-Rand Co., Eaton/Cooper Power Systems, Fitzpatrick & Weller, Keystone Tool & Die, Mazza Mechanical Services, Inc., Napoleon Engineering Services, Olean Area Federal Credit Union, and SolEpoxy, have pledged $300,000 to provide scholarship funding for eligible students.

Call 716.376.7501 or visit MTI for.additional information.

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