The Monroe County Legislature has approved $35 million in funds to build a new Applied Technologies Center. The site will be located at Monroe Community College’s Brighton campus, replacing an outdated facility on West Henrietta Road, officials say.
The Brighton location aims to connect ATC students with MCC’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics program. The Applied Technologies Center offers practical, hands-on training toward a certificate or associate degree in various fields of trade.
“The four pillars of building Monroe County’s future are public safety, public health, economic/workforce development and infrastructure,” says Adam Bello, Monroe County executive. “The new ATC facility builds on our county’s ongoing efforts to train people for high-demand jobs such as automotive technician, precision tooling, heating, ventilating and air conditioning technician, and solar panel technician.”
Skilled-trades workers are in short supply, he adds.
“Our economy needs them, and companies are willing to pay good money for them,” Bello says.
“This new center will give students practical, hands-on training and help accelerate the availability of workers our economy needs to thrive.”
In its 2021 Facilities Master Plan, the county recommended relocating ATC to Brighton to better integrate technical programs with academic offerings. Significant deferred maintenance costs at the existing facility made it clear that a new ATC would be a more efficient and cost-effective solution, opening up opportunities for MCC, the county says.
The County Legislature’s vote Tuesday night was unanimous, authorizing the county to enter into a contract with the state Dormitory Authority to purchase fixtures and equipment for the project. The State University of New York will reimburse the county for one-half of all project costs.
“Thanks to Monroe County’s investment in technological innovation, education and training, more Monroe Community College students will have opportunities to learn in simulated real-world environments and earn industry-recognized credentials in high-demand career fields,” says MCC President DeAnna Burt-Nanna.