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GCC, RIT to offer high-tech training

With two business parks seeking high-tech manufacturers for two technology parks that they are planning, a pilot training program is being offered on two area college campuses.

The Advanced Manufacturing and High-Tech Pilot Training Program, designed to prepare a work force for jobs in high-tech industries, is being offered at no cost to qualified and selected participants by Genesee Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Steven G. Hyde, president and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, said that in little more than one year the agency had 18 site visits from eight companies at the developing Buffalo East Tech Park in the Town of Pembroke and the Western New York Science Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama.

"These high-tech companies expressed concern that our area lacked the skilled work force needed for their operation," Hyde said.

Those completing the 32-hour-per-week 10-week course will earn a noncredit certificate of advanced manufacturing and nano tech concepts from GCC. Hands-on experience in laboratories will be conducted at RIT.

Hyde called the program "vital to the success of Western New York by training workers to meet company needs and providing a well-educated pool of potential new employees."

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