OLEAN, NY – Jamestown Community College has received a $149,677 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, which will enhance technology-related programs at JCC’s Cattaraugus county campus.

In a Sept. 16 press release announcing the grant, JCC President Daniel DeMarte said the grant will allow JCC to improve upon several programs, catering to the needs of employers in the Southern Tier. 

“In response to employer-expressed workforce needs in the Southern Tier region, the grant provides JCC the capacity to enhance its mechanical technology, industrial equipment technology and welding technology programs by incorporating relevant skills in automation and robotics,” DeMarte said.

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In fall 2016, JCC’s Cattaraugus County campus, which is located in Olean, launched a manufacturing technology institute. The program offers a wide range of courses, including computer-aided design, engineering science, industrial equipment technology, mechanical technology, machine tool technology and either a certificate or degree in welding technology. With a state-of-the-art facility, light duty labs, computer labs, classrooms and specialized training space for machining and other industrial skills are provided to students. 

Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said the grant provides the next generation of JCC students at both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus campuses with the tools they need to succeed. 

“We are proud to support such an endeavor as this which will allow JCC to reinvigorate its mechanical, industrial equipment, and welding technology programs to better suit the needs of students and employers in Chautauqua County,” Reed said. “We care about giving every opportunity of success to students in our district – and this is just one of the ways that can happen.”

According to the press release, ARC grants are awarded to projects that develop, support or expand education and training programs, including teacher and administrator training, material, equipment, computer purchase, building renovations and start-up operational costs for new programs.