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CCC and Clarkson University form relationship for advanced manufacturing


Thursday, November 02, 2017


Clarkson University, a world leader in advanced materials processing research and STEM education, and Clinton Community College (CCC) and its Institute for Advanced Manufacturing in Plattsburgh, NY, a regional hub for advanced manufacturing education and training programs have joined forces to conduct research pertaining to the use of Additive Manufacturing technologies and to strengthen workforce training and education for regional industries.


As shared in a ceremony marking the signing of a MOU between the two higher education institutions on November 1, Clarkson and CCC will work together in the fields of advanced and innovative manufacturing. A direct partnership is envisioned as CCC designs and tests their manufacturing process to scale up production. This partnership supports training programs designed to invest in the needs of regional industries for workforce development in the field of advanced manufacturing.


“The North Country is becoming a great destination for employers engaged in advanced manufacturing due to the programs and tools we now have in place to prepare and attract a world-ready workforce, as well as for companies that need to engage in innovation-oriented research using novel advanced materials,” said Anthony G. Collins, President of Clarkson University and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “Clarkson University’s partnership with Clinton Community College is representative of the united public-private collaboration going on throughout the North Country to energize our communities and key manufacturing industries in aerospace, transportation, defense, biotech and energy.”


Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale shared, “Clinton is very pleased to be partnering with President Collins and Clarkson University to support the North Country’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Clinton Community College.”


The IAM will establish a pipeline of education opportunities and programs to strengthen industry in our area. Through expanding existing workforce programs at Clinton Community College and collaborating with Clarkson on relevant advanced degrees and local high schools implementing a Pathways to Technology Early College High School, the IAM will create a one-stop location for local industry clusters to access programs and individual talents. President DiPasquale indicates “Clinton is very excited to move forward.”


As part of its collaboration with CCC and others in the Plattsburgh community, Clarkson currently is highly engaged with the greater North Country businesses and industry on a number of fronts including activities through Governor Cuomo’s Innovation Hot Spot initiative and through partnerships with the North Country Chamber and the CITEC Offices.


Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, New York and New York City, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.


Clinton Community College is a member of the State University of New York system and home of the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Clinton offers 22 associate degree programs, seven certificates, transfer pathways and advisement options, multiple non-credit professional credentials, and many flexible learning options including online and evening courses. As part of the SUNY system, Clinton credits transfer seamlessly.