Plus, Next Small Business Training Class Online in June
Plus, Next Small Business Training Class Online in June
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Oswego County Economic Development News

May 9, 2022
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Cayuga Community College opened its Advanced Manufacturing Institute on the Fulton Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 5. At center is College President Dr. Brian Durant cutting the ribbon to open the facility, at left is Huhtamaki Plant Manager Mark Southwick and at right is Cayuga Board of Trustees Chair Marian Brown.

Cayuga Community College Opens
Advanced Manufacturing Institute on Fulton Campus

Cayuga Community College formally opened its Fulton Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) on Thursday, celebrating a new facility geared toward supporting the current and future workforce as well as regional employers.
Situated on the College’s Fulton Campus, the AMI is designed to support students seeking a degree or certificate, as well as members of the workforce who are looking for short-term training to advance their career or learn a new skill. Credit and non-credit classes started in the AMI earlier this spring.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Institute will play a pivotal role in preparing the current and future workforce to continue the proud manufacturing tradition in Oswego County and Central New York. At the institute, students will enjoy exceptional instruction and hands-on learning designed to provide them the experience they need for their career,” said Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant. “Thank you to our community partners, who saw the promise of the AMI and worked with us to see this project through to its completion.”
“Our Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a unique facility that will support students and the workforce but also employers looking for skilled employees who are ready to contribute on their first day,” said Dr. Keiko Kimura, Cayuga’s Vice President of Workforce Development and Partnerships. “We’re confident students and those seeking short-term training will find the AMI an invaluable resource as they take the next step in their education or career.”
“Strong partnerships are key to growing and developing the next generation of manufacturing innovators right here in Central New York. Novelis and Huhtamaki are committed to joining forces with each other, and with Cayuga Community College, to help provide a level of training to students that will enable them to step into the workforce as strong contributors,” Novelis and Huhtamaki leaders said in a joint statement. “By developing a skilled workforce and providing quality jobs, we can create a brighter future for our entire community. We look forward to seeing all that the students will accomplish!”
Located adjacent to the College’s primary building on the Fulton Campus, the AMI is a 7,800 square foot facility that features industrial power and networking to support training units in pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, piping and industry-grade programmable logic controls stations, and a classroom for instruction.
Available space contiguous to the AMI also presents an opportunity for future development as Cayuga’s manufacturing programs expand. The College already offers several certificate programs that will utilize the facility, and with local industry support is actively researching establishing new degrees to address the skills trades. 
Programs available through the AMI will feature flexible, diverse curriculums designed to offer students excellent instruction and training to start their careers. A broad range of stackable certifications and credentials combining workshops, credit and non-credit opportunities and apprenticeships will be available.
The AMI on the Fulton Campus is the latest capital project supporting students and the surrounding community completed at Cayuga. In 2019 the College opened its new Childcare Center and in 2021 the College opened its Culinary Institute, both of which are located in Auburn.
The College has also started construction on a Workforce Development Center in the City of Auburn, which when completed will situate career and community support agencies in the former Cornell Cooperative Extension Center on Grant Avenue in Auburn.
For more information on the College’s related degree and certificate programs, visit
Cayuga’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute had tremendous support from private and public partners in the region, including leading employers Novelis and Huhtamaki. Pictured are Novelis Director of Human Resources Andrew Quinn, left, and Huhtamaki Plant Manager Mark Southwick.

Next Small Business Training Class to Be Held Online in June

SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center will host a small business training class for those interested in expanding or starting a small business in Oswego County. Classes will be held Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 14th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm online through SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center.
This certificate program provides training that covers such topics as how to write a business plan, how to obtain financing, accounting and tax issues, business insurance, legalities, marketing, and other basic business start-up issues. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in low-interest financing to expand or start their business in Oswego County.
Online training is provided by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advisors, as well as other area business professionals. The program is coordinated by SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center, with promotional and scholarship support provided by the City of Fulton Community Development Agency, the City of Oswego Community Development Office, and Operation Oswego County.
Tuition for the program is $50 and includes all materials. Limited scholarships are available for this class.
For more information, call SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center at (315) 312-3493. Registration and payment will be done online at Registration ends May 27th.
44 West Bridge Street | Oswego, NY 13126 US
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