Work Begins Soon On JCC Campus In Lewis County

Work Begins Soon On JCC Campus In Lewis County

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This is an image of what the Lewis County-Jefferson Community College Education Center will look like. It's something Lewis County has wanted for a long time. Jefferson and Lewis County legislators have given the project the green light. Soon, it could become a reality.

"It's scheduled to be completed in January of 2019," said Terrence Harris, JCC associate VP of workforce development and business.

Lewis County will pay to build the $4 million, 22,000 square foot building at the Maple Ridge Center just outside Lowville. JCC will operate the education center with BOCES and Cornell Cooperative Extension. But the education center will be a little different from JCC's main campus in Watertown. It will be training site for jobs in agribusiness, hospitality and tourism, and advanced manufacturing.

"The types of jobs that Kraft and Otis and our other large manufacturers in the county are developing now a days are technology focused. We're going to be able to provide programming for our residents that prepares them for those jobs is critically important," said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche.  

While the education center is months away from opening, JCC President Ty Stone says the community college is getting things in place for it now.

"Really now developing what the curriculum will be, ordering the equipment that we need and that kind of thing," she said.

Piche says the county's highway department will start some of the work on the project and construction bids will go out next week for other work on the project.

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