People used to say American manufacturing is dead. Those people are awfully quiet these days. In fact, according to Business Insider, for the first time in decades, the trend of relocating manufacturing offshore is starting to reverse, and SUNY schools have been paying attention.
In an effort to prepare for an influx of manufacturing jobs requiring highly-skilled workers, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave one initiative, (dubbed Retooling the Southern Tier) a green light this past June, in the form of a $15 million grant. The proposal was a collaborative effort between Alfred State, Broome Community College, Corning Community College, and Jamestown Community College to create expanded training programs in manufacturing in the Southern Tier.
“Alfred State has a history of supporting and working collaboratively with our sister colleges,” says John Williams, Alfred State’s Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering. “As we reviewed the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, we saw a clear opportunity to capitalize on each institution’s strengths in manufacturing and create infrastructure that would support manufacturing. As a baccalaureate institution with our incredibly robust programs at the Wellsville campus, Alfred State was the natural leader for the grant.”