Governor Hochul Announces Grand Opening of $11.4 Million Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center

May 23, 2022

Center Located on Monroe Community College Downtown Campus, Focuses on Technology Training for High-Demand Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing and IT

NYS Investment Complements 'Finger Lakes Forward' - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Kathy Hochul today attended and announced the grand opening of the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center on Monroe Community College's Downtown Campus. The $11.4 million 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center focuses on short-term and accelerated, technology-oriented training programs that place individuals in high-demand jobs within advanced manufacturing, information technology, skilled trades, apprenticeship-related instruction, and professional services.

"The pandemic had caused tremendous damage to our workforce, which is why we are doubling down on our efforts to connect New Yorkers with good job opportunities," Governor Hochul said. "This state of the art education and workforce development center will deliver accelerated training programs to provide New Yorkers in the Finger Lakes with the skills they need to compete in today's dynamic and ever-changing job market. As we rebuild our economy, projects like this will ensure that New York remains the most business- and worker-friendly state in the nation."

Made possible by New York State and SUNY capital funding totaling $11.4 million, the Finger Lakes Workforce Development (FWD) Center was completed on time and on budget, with $6 million awarded from a SUNY2020 grant and $5.4 million from the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Housed on the fifth and sixth floors of MCC's Downtown Campus at 321 State Street, the new facility anticipates training an estimated 2,500 individuals within the next three years.

Read the full press release.