New 30,000 Square Foot Facility Designed to Offer State-of-the-Art Training and Support Advanced Manufacturing in the North Country
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that that the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College is now officially open for business. The 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is designed and equipped to provide the best hands-on technology training and support advanced manufacturing throughout the region. In September of 2014, CCC and its partners secured $12.7 million through the SUNY 2020 challenge grant program to construct the IAM. The College broke ground on the new facility in May of 2017, and almost six months later welcomed its first group of students and sessions of workforce development employee training. The IAM is the first new building constructed on Clinton’s campus since the Stafford Center for Art, Science and Technology opened in 1998.
“Investing in advanced manufacturing is critical to the continued growth of the North Country, and with this new facility at Clinton Community College, we will bring this region to new heights,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will attract the brightest in the business to come and train at the new state-of-the-art facility, helping to build the North Country’s economic momentum.”
Clinton’s educational partners include Clarkson University, CV-TEC, and SUNY Plattsburgh. Other partners include CITEC, the North Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, North Country Workforce Investment Board, The Development Corporation, and a number of area manufacturers.
“The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing is the type of building that inspires excitement for learning, and I hope it will serve to draw more students to explore the field of manufacturing, which provides a tremendous amount of job opportunities in the North Country region,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said. “Today’s ceremony also demonstrates what we can do together to create a state-of-the-art facility. My congratulations to the Clinton Community College family, and all those within business and our government to make this day possible.”
Clinton Community College President Ray M. DiPasquale said, “Today’s ribbon cutting celebrates a historic commitment to the growth and future of our region. Students are clearly thrilled to be learning in the new facility and their excitement is contagious. The IAM is a significant step towards a bright future for Clinton and this community.”
Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, said, “More than a building, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing is a pathway to the future for North Country employers in need of a skilled workforce, for North Country residents seeking careers in modern manufacturing and technology, and for the achievement of quality growth for the North Country economy.”
The IAM will help to sustain and grow manufacturing in the North Country and is already supporting efforts to attract new companies and investment to the area. The facility houses Clinton’s technology degree programs and will serve as a regional hub for manufacturing education with flexible teaching and learning space as well as offering courses for manufacturers to advance their workforce.
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council identified transportation, aerospace and manufacturing as a priority cluster for economic development in the region, and the IAM is designed to help foster growth. There are more than 8,000 people already employed at 38 different manufacturing companies in Clinton s alone. Clinton County is poised to be a leading center of advanced manufacturing in the Northeast with local employers projecting growth, which will increase the demand for skilled employees.
Paul Grasso, President of The Development Corporation, said, “Clinton County continues to create its own future, and Clinton Community College is helping to lead the way. The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will help ensure that the region retains a vibrant manufacturing base, and that we have an educated and trained workforce qualified to fill the jobs that will be created here.”
Senator Betty Little said, “This new facility will help the North Country continue its growth as a hub for advanced manufacturing in the heart of Clinton County. I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to investing in our region, and I look forward to the economic growth the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will bring to Clinton Community College.”
Assemblymember Billy Jones “Our region has seen unprecedented growth in the advanced manufacturing industry in recent years and with the addition of this facility at Clinton Community College, we will see that growth continue strong. I commend Governor Cuomo for promoting and investing in this industry, which will attract the best and brightest students and teachers to the North Country.”
Clinton County Board of Legislators Chairman Harry McManus said, “Clinton County has so much untapped potential and with this new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing right at Clinton CC’s campus, our communities will reap the benefits of expanded opportunities. I thank the Governor for being such a dedicated ally and investing in the North Country’s future in advanced manufacturing, this investment will no doubt benefit economic development in North Country.”
Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman said, “With the opening of the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing facility on Clinton Community College’s campus, Plattsburgh and the entire North Country region will see further growth. It will provide 21 Century training for a dynamic workforce. Complementing Plattsburgh as a world class location for manufacturing, transportation and aerospace companies. Governor Cuomo has consistently been a strong ally to the North Country and thanks to this investment at Clinton Community, that momentum will continue.”
In the North Country region, the need for machinists is projected grow by 27 percent; mechanical engineers by 25 percent; assemblers by 16 percent; and welders by 11 percent. The statewide median salaries for these positions range from $38,000 for assemblers and welders, $46,000 for machinists, and $84,000 for mechanical engineers. The IAM at Clinton Community College offers some of the only programs in our region to prepare students for these competitive positions.