TROY — Construction has begun of an educational facility for manufacturing skills at Hudson Valley Community College.
Empire State Development announced the ground breaking on Wednesday. The $14.5 million project will enable the college to double enrollment in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree program and support the demand for skilled employees in the Capital Region.
The Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills is designed to serve as a one-stop hub to support student training and encourage employee recruitment. It will include classrooms, a student advisement center, advanced manufacturing labs and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing simulation computer workstations. The building will also provide the school’s corporate partners with access to offices and conference space adjacent to faculty offices, encouraging greater networking and job placement.
It is the only community college training program of its kind within 125 miles, and it has a 100 percent job placement rate for its 45 annual graduates, with nearly all students securing work prior to of graduation.
The project was supported by a $2.9 million Empire State Development grant, recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council during Round VII of the Regional Council initiative. Additionally, $1.5 million in federal funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration. It was also supported by gifts from private companies and donors, including a $1 million challenge grant from the Gene Haas Foundation.