Friday, October 14, 2016

Ribbon cut at Alfred State facility in Wellsville

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon cutting of the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center at Alfred State College. The $5 million, 16,000-square-foot facility will help prepare welding and machine tool technology students for in-demand jobs, while learning state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing. The Center is supported by the $4.5 million SUNY 2020 "Retooling the Southern Tier" project, as well as a grant of up to $500,000 for new equipment and machinery from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

"Alfred State’s new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center will keep the school at the cutting edge of technology and ensure our manufacturers have access to a pipeline of the educated and well-trained employees they need to succeed," said Governor Cuomo.

Senator Catharine Young said, "Alfred State College's Wellsville campus offers students of all ages a cutting edge environment to learn an array of skilled trades. With the addition of the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center (SAMC), students will have the tools necessary to be at the forefront of advanced manufacturing fields and they will be well-prepared for careers that offer good paying jobs. The SAMC will be a valuable asset for Alfred State College and Allegany County, and I was proud to support the $5 million in funding for the facility in the State Budget. I applaud Governor Cuomo and SUNY for making this investment in our community because it will be a tremendous resource as we continue to create jobs and improve everyone’s quality of life."

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said, "I am pleased to congratulate Alfred State on the opening of its Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center, which will train students for future careers with local manufacturers. The need for a skilled workforce is frequently cited as crucial to developing and supporting manufacturing facilities here in the Southern Tier of Western New York. This new facility will help to meet that need and to build the local economy through the creation of new products and technologies."

Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman Curt Crandall said, "Allegany County is proud of Alfred State and its School of Applied Technology at the Wellsville campus. It has a rich history of training a skilled workforce for this region and beyond. Today's ceremony only reinforces that pride and elevates Alfred State graduates to even higher levels of expertise."

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, "It is an exciting time for our students, the community, and the business and industry partners that employ our graduates. I personally appreciate the investment in Alfred State and the investment in the next generation of students who will meet workforce needs in the future. This state-of-the-art facility is a gem that allows our experienced and quality faculty to prepare our students to 'hit the ground running'."
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