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Manufacturing Month Kicked Off At JCC Tech Institute

Photo by Carly Gould

Jamestown Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Institute was the perfect location Friday to celebrate Manufacturing Month.

“Meeting workforce training needs is critical to the economic well-being of the Southern Tier Region,” said Daniel DeMarte, the president of JCC. “JCC will be reorganizing its infrastructure to better support workforce readiness. That includes a deliberate focus on what we do in this space — to fulfill the college’s role in preparing and improving the skills of the region’s workforce.”

A Manufacturing Day ceremony was held at the Technology Institute, and among the speakers were Todd Tranum; Marie Carrubba, Jamestown City Council president and JCC trustee; County Executive George Borrello; and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell.

“This month we celebrate the enormous economic impact manufacturing delivers to our economy as we showcase the technology and innovation that takes place in manufacturing facilities across the region,” Tranum said.

He said Manufacturing Day was launched by the National Association of Manufacturers to encourage companies and educational institutions to open their doors to students wishing to learn the craft. The day, he said, was eventually stretched through the month of October into Manufacturing Month.

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell pictured Friday at the JCC Manufacturing Technology Institute. P-J photo by Carly Gould

“I like the direction that JCC is heading,” Goodell said. “Our manufacturing in Chautauqua County is going through an evolution. When Cummins came, it started implementing new ways for more fluid employees, multiple jobs, flexible opportunities and a dramatic increase in production.”

On Friday, Borrello and Goodell awarded the institute with citations and proclamations.

“We needed to show students that manufacturing isn’t what was when their parents worked in the industry,” Carrubba said. “Twenty five years ago, the Dream It Do It program was brought from Pennsylvania and we started teaching these things to middle school students.”

Added Katrina Fuller, representative of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed: “The most important thing in this industry is the students. Without them, there would be no future for manufacturing, so thank you for making this your career path.”

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