A new manufacturing training center is open in what had been the oldest building at SUNY Broome Community College.

SUNY Chancellor Kristinia Johnson announced the Paul and Marice Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center is 90% through a $12.7 million building renovation.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]The new advanced manufacturing center will help develop candidates for emerging jobs in the manufacturing field, providing training in advancing technology.

The former mechanical building was built in 1956.  The upgrades turn the site into a 42,000 square foot facility that includes classrooms, laboratories, a computer control room and high-tech soldering facility.

The October 16 visit to the campus in the Town of Dickinson was a first for Chancellor Johnson who said the model facility will drive lower energy costs through clean energy and sustainability and create jobs.

The project was funded through the State University Construction Fund, the NYSUNY 2020 funding program, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Broome County, Empire State Development, the Regional Economic Development Council, the AMETEK foundation and due to the 11 million dollar estate gift made in 2014 from the late Emil Calice.

The first students started their classes in the new facility this year.