Workforce Development Feasibility Study

2020 feasibility study through Workforce Development

Over the course of 2020, Jamestown Community College’s Workforce Development engaged in a feasibility study to examine four potential program areas. The study worked closely with community and industry leaders in the JCC service area, which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. The results show positive projections for skills development and training within JCC’s service area.

Recommendations from the study

The study offers 16 recommendations for four industry sectors: agribusiness, clean energy, culinary and hospitality management, and robotics and automation. Recommendations include:

  • Design and implement a regional skills strategy initiative for the public and businesses that provides a clear pathway for participants to receive relevant workforce readiness skills required to be successful in the regional job market.
  • Develop a follow-up online survey and conduct industry sector site visits to determine if current workforce readiness training programs for incumbent workers are offered utilizing methodologies best suited for industry partners.
  • Conduct additional employer research regarding any workforce gaps that might exist in the area of commercial truck driving.

Current initiatives in progress

  • 10-week training sessions for the Maintenance Technician and Machining/CNC Operator fields that target the underemployed, unemployed, and those seeking a new career, with information sessions taking place in February 2021
  • Accelerated expansion of apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing
  • Partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension focusing on expertise and connections in agribusiness
  • Offering our successful HVAC program for its third year and exploring additional capacity
  • Increasing engagement with stakeholders for a regional approach to economic and workforce development and focusing on how we address the talent pipeline

Initiatives in development

  • NYSERDA has approved a consortium grant led by the Jamestown BPU, where JCC will develop a Building Automation Technician program with a tentative launch date of fall 2021.
  • JCC will explore a Workforce Readiness offering leading to the CASAC credential (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) with Chautauqua County’s Mental Health Association.
  • The Career Advantage program will focus on the adult learner with an updated operational structure, greater flexibility in program delivery, student recruitment, and student support.
  • JCC is increasing collaboration across academic departments to better integrate Workforce Readiness and credit offerings in business and entrepreneurship programs, information technology programs, and health programs.