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Clinton to Construct Region's First Advanced Manufacturing Institute

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clinton Community College (Clinton) will receive $12.7 Million in state funding as part of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. Funding will be used to construct an advanced manufacturing institute (AMI) on Clinton’s main campus. The AMI will link Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh with Clarkson University, creating a system to support the economic growth of the entire region, as well as space needed to provide timely and effective training to area residents.

The creation of an AMI at Clinton will allow these institutes and area partners including CITEC, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, the North Country Workforce Investment Board, The Development Corporation, CV-TEC, and a number of area manufacturers to work together to align current and projected workforce development initiatives with current and future industry needs. The AMI will tie together many of the initiatives and programs already in place, and provide the opportunity to expand on local partnerships and the services each organization offers. The end result will be a stronger, more sustainable economy for the region.

Clinton Community College President, Fred Smith states, “This is an exciting, much anticipated development for Clinton Community College and our local partners. This initiative will strengthen the county’s educational pipeline, help us better serve the region’s existing industry, and help attract new manufacturers to the area.”

“The impact of a new AMI expands far beyond Clinton’s ability to serve students. Advanced manufacturing is critical to the economic vitality of the North Country, and we are thrilled to be increasing our capacity to support the region’s growth,” adds Paul DeDominicas, Director of the Center for Community and Workforce Development at Clinton.

The need for an AMI located in Clinton County was identified by an independent survey, and according to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing are priorities for economic development in the region. The proposed new space would allow Clinton to grow its existing industrial support programs and capabilities, and accommodate additional training activities moving forward.

"In today's world, we need a workforce training system that has the best possible facilities and programs to meet the changing needs of existing employers and the needs of those we hope to attract here," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "And we need collaboration and partnership with all of our colleges and training providers supporting one another and doing what they are best at. That's why this funding is so important. It's not only in support of appropriate space but in support of a collaboration which makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts. We congratulate and thank Clinton Community College for their leadership, and we again thank Governor Cuomo for this latest commitment to our regional economic development agenda."

Currently, Clinton offers a number of programs related to advanced manufacturing including, Electronics, Industrial Technology and Computer Information Systems. In addition to the AAS career degrees, the College offers customized and contract training to local manufacturers through its Center for Community and Workforce Development (CCWD). Both Clarkson and SUNY Plattsburgh offer programs in Supply Chain Management which directly support the transportation, aerospace and manufacturing cluster. The AMI at Clinton will help connect all of these programs and allow businesses to access programs from all three institutions. Businesses and students will benefit as the AMI would give educational institutions the flexibility to be responsive to the needs of both groups.

Projected timeframe for the AMI would be to spend approximately one year in the planning phase and break ground in 2015.