Action taken at the June 18 meeting of the Jamestown Community College board of trustees could enlarge JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus and pave the way for new academic offerings.
The board authorized college officials to purchase and renovate the Knights of Columbus facility on Hamilton Street in Olean, adjacent to the campus. The acquisition is dependent on the availability of funds and approval from the State University of New York.
JCC plans to develop the space to offer manufacturing-related credit and noncredit courses similar to those offered at the Manufacturing Technology Institute on the college's Jamestown Campus.
"This project reflects our commitment to the community," said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. "Both individually and collectively through the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, Olean area industries have expressed the need for a well-trained, competitive workforce. We have an established track record of providing technology programs and are enthused about extending the reach of those programs to Olean. The presence of such a facility in Olean can also be an economic development tool for the city as prospective manufacturers seek communities where a ready workforce is available."
The Knights of Columbus facility resides on .41 of an acre and presently includes a total of 11,040 square of space within the building.
College officials noted that support for introducing the technology curriculum in Olean will come through two recent SUNY grants that will provide funds for equipment as well as initial instructional expenses.