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Clinton Community College gets $12.7M to build tech center

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Derek Marcelino is in his second year at Clinton Community College.

"I'm an electronics major," he said. "I'm thinking about dual majoring in industrial or computer tech."

He's excited to be one of the students who will be learning in the new tech center coming to the college. New York State is funding $12.7 million for the "Advanced Manufacturing Institute" in an effort to grow technology jobs in the North Country.

"It's good to actually get some jobs out here because I know recently people have been talking about how it's a problem," Marcelino said.

The new facility will house all current tech programs at Clinton Community and also grow them.

"Not only provides a building for us, this gives us a chance to update and greatly enhance all of the equipment that we currently have," said Kristopher Renadette, an assistant professor of industrial technology.

Construction on the new tech center is expected to begin by the spring of 2015. College officials hope students will be in class by 2016. The new tech center will not only be beneficial for students and future workers, but for businesses around Clinton County.

"This is going to be a one-stop shop for all the manufacturing companies in the area-- and those to come-- to come to the institute and get all the training they desire," Renadette said.

Students can earn a two-year associate degree in technology or spend a week in a customized program. And state officials hope that translates into more prospective workers for tech businesses in the area.

"Provide a pipeline of employees, so it's going to be very helpful for the economy here, and for employers and for manufacturers," said Paul Grasso, president of the Development Corporation.

And the hope is more qualified workers will draw new businesses to the region, creating more opportunities for those like Marcelino in the tech field.

"It's definitely going to open the door for a lot of people, including me," Marcelino said.

The tech center will also have room to allow students from Clarkson and SUNY Plattsburgh to enroll in tech courses at Clinton Community College.

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