Groundbreaking held at MCC’s Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe Community College got a special visitor Thursday.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was there for the groundbreaking of a new Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center or “FWD Center” for short.

It’ll focus on training people for innovation and technology jobs for local businesses struggling to find skilled workers.

Malatras said the center represents the future of how we must close skill gaps and give those in our community a chance at economic opportunity.

"The jobs are there — 20,000 jobs in the Finger Lakes — unfilled," Malatras said. "Employers are saying, ‘We want to fill those jobs desperately, but we can’t meet the workforce because there’s skill gaps.’ Let us close the skills gaps, let us demonstrate the value, let’s get people into those jobs."

Around 2,500 people are expected to be trained there over the next three years.

The project is expected to wrap up in early 2022.