OLEAN — Members of the community — and perhaps some prospective students — are invited to tour Jamestown Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Institute on its Cattaraugus County Campus tonight.

JCC will hold a special open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at its $6 million facility that opened last fall and houses credit and noncredit offerings for associate degrees and professional certifications, as well as an array of equipment like 3D printers, computer numerical control machines and welding torches.

“All the machines (will be) up and running, so if anyone wants to come in, press a button on the CNC machine to see how it works or check out the 3D printer, they can do that,” said Katherin Buck, JCC assistant director of student recruitment. “It’s kind of just an opportunity for anyone who is interested in manufacturing to come in and check out what the building looks like.”

The programing at MTI was created with the help of $5 million from a SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant that aimed to stimulate the Southern Tier economy by revitalizing area manufacturing. The total grant was for $15 million and also went to Alfred State College, Broome Community College and Corning Community College. The Cattaraugus County Legislature also appropriated $500,000 in casino revenue toward construction of the MTI building.

Although officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center last September, and area students have toured the facility during programs like Dream It Do It Western New York’s annual Manufacturing Day, Buck noted this will be the first open house.

“I get questions all the time about what’s going on, so this is kind of just to fill the public in as much as we can and to see the equipment we have,” she said. “I know we’ve talked about it a lot, but we haven’t given the public a chance to come in and look at it.”

Jeffrey Teluk, JCC director of engineering science and technology, and Brent Harkness, JCC welding technology coordinator, will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be information on admissions, financial aid and even available scholarships for both part- and full-time students. JCC is still accepting students for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 28.

Tonight’s event is free and does not require pre-registration. For more information, call 376-7501.

 

(Contact reporter Tom Dinki at tdinki@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki)

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