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IAM Ribbon Cutting


Thursday, September 28, 2017


Clinton Community College President, Ray M. DiPasquale is proud to announce that the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at Clinton Community College is now officially open for business. Today the College “cuts the ribbon” on this 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility designed and equipped to provide the best hands-on technology training and support for advanced manufacturing throughout the region.

“Today’s ribbon cutting celebrates a historic commitment to the growth and future of our region,” states President DiPasquale. “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.”


In September of 2014, Clinton Community College 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 2016, and almost 16 months later welcomed its first cohort of degree-seeking 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.


“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,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “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.”


In a brief ceremony today, Clinton’s educational, community, and industry partners were on-hand to express their support and share in the excitement for this historic project. Clinton’s educational partners include Clarkson University, CV-TEC, SUNY Plattsburgh, and now Champlain College Saint-Lambert in Longueuil, QC. Other partners include CITEC, the North County Regional Chamber of Commerce, North Country Workforce Investment Board, The Development Corporation, and a number of area manufacturers.


"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," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.


The IAM is seen by local leaders as a critical platform for sustaining and growing 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/learning space and courses available 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 over 8000 people already employed at 38 different manufacturing companies in Clinton County 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.


“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,” states Paul Grasso, President of The Development Corporation.


In the North Country region, it is projected that the need for machinists will grow by 27%, mechanical engineers by 25%, assemblers by 16%, and welders by 11%. 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 CCC offers some of the only programs in our region to prepare students for these competitive positions.


"We have worked very closely with the IAM Advisory Committee and industry partners to insure that the programs we have developed, and the equipment and design of the IAM are as relevant as possible,” states IAM Director, Kristopher Renadette. “When students go into the workforce, the manufacturing environment, tools, machinery, and even policies and codes of conduct are familiar to them."


"Now it's important that area residents, young people and employers alike all take a fresh look at Clinton Community College and then take full advantage of the exciting new pathways being opened through this remarkable new facility," adds Douglas.

For more information about the IAM, visit iam.clinton.edu.