County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by Monroe Community College President Anne M. Kress and Madhuri Kommareddi, director of Workforce Development for New York, to announce the creation of a new Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center at Monroe Community College’s Downtown Campus.
The Workforce Development Center will be a 50,000-square-feet, state-of-the-art industrial training facility that will support an evolving list of accelerated training initiatives which will address workforce shortages across various industries.
MCC offers an array of workforce development programs, including traditional and accelerated offerings. This includes Monroe County’s LadderzUP program, which works collaboratively with local employers to develop targeted training programs for job-seekers. Many of these existing programs will be consolidated into the new Workforce Development Center, but the primary focus is to create a flexible space for additional programming and expanded capacity to help job-seekers. The facility will be built to adapt to a rapidly changing economy and meet the evolving needs of industry.
The Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center will be located on the existing MCC Downtown Campus, in space formerly occupied by Eastman Kodak that was purchased by Monroe County in 2013. The 50,000-square-feet space is currently vacant.
Design and construction will be managed by Monroe County, and paid for by $11.4 million in funding from SUNY and New York state.