HVCC opens $14.5 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills

August 27, 2019 06:53 PM

TROY - Hudson Valley Community College is hoping a new facility will propel the school and its students into the future of advanced manufacturing.

Over the next decade, 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. More than half of them will likely go unfilled because of a skills gap, but HVCC thinks the new facility will put a dent in that number.


The official ribbon cutting and the confetti cannon blast that followed signals an important milestone on the Hudson Valley campus.

"Welcome to the future of this world right here in this building," proclaimed Dr. Roger Ramsammy, president of HVCC, at a Tuesday morning news conference. "As we get ready to begin the new semester in this amazing new facility, we will be able to provide even more pathways for our students and to find rewarding careers."

The new facility will allow the college to double their enrollment from 144 to 288 students in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology curriculum, a real game changer according to Hudson Valley Professor David Larkin.

"We're not only going to draw from the region now, we're going to draw from all over New England, the rest of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey," Larkin stated. "This will turn out $300 million in salaries in 10 years and we will put people out in the workforce."

It's the only community college training center of its kind in a 125-mile radius and has a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates.

David William Davis, the chief operating officer at Simmons Machine Tool Corporation in Menands, says when he hires graduates from the program, it will lift his company from a "good manufacturer with the right intentions to being a world class manufacturer with qualifications."

"Some of the key technology and products we wanted to offer to our customers required skills that our workforce 10 or 12 years ago didn't have, so this program really gave us not only those skills but gave us the type of equipment we needed to be able to manufacture those products," Davis said.

"Being able to come from Michigan to New York to a small city like Troy and to have an opportunity like this provides endless opportunities that can happen for me," said John Hutcherson, an HVCC students from Detroit.

Luis Virola of Troy says he's also looking forward to learning skills that enable him to have a career. He's especially pleased about the promise of 100 percent job placement when he graduates.

"It's just nice having that confidence that I'll have a job," Birola says, "I won't be searching around."

"The reality of it is that these kind of machinists typically can make over $100,000 a year. The jobs are actually very well paid," said Gene F. Haas, a California philanthropists who donated a $1 million gift as seed money for the building that has his name on it.


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