BUFFALO—With Western New York's advanced manufacturing sector becoming a vital part of the region's resurgence, trained professionals are needed to surge the sector forward. As leaders in career-focused education, ECC and Erie 1 BOCES are currently training students to fill these positions, and have now formed a partnership to introduce even more candidates to these professional opportunities.
Beginning this fall, up to 12 WNY high school students will be accepted into the new one (1) year Manufacturing Technology program at Erie 1 BOCES. These students will attend classes at Buffalo's Harkness Center and at ECC North, where students will be registered for a total of four (4) courses within ECC's CNC Precision Machining Certificate Program (totaling eight (8) credits). Classes will be attended over two semesters to complete the requirements of the Erie 1 BOCES program.
The ECC/Erie 1 BOCES collaboration will involve up to 12 students each academic year. After these groups of students complete their ECC credit hours, they'll be encouraged to complete the 16 remaining credit hours required to earn their CNC Precision Machining Program Certificate following their high school graduation. This will enable students to pursue advanced manufacturing careers, ones that are a focus at ECC and of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.