Alfred State Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Alfred State College has announced that it has raised $1,043,000 for the building of its new Construction Industry Workforce Development Center in Wellsville, surpassing its original goal of $1 million.

The project was made possible by donations from the Alfred State Educational Foundation, Inc., that owns the campus, a federal HUD grant sponsored by Congressman John "Randy" Kuhl, Jr., (R-Hammondsport); an Empire State Development grant sponsored by NYS Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; and many private donations including The LC Whitford Co., Wellsville; AL Blades & Sons, Hornell; Otis Eastern Service, Inc., Wellsville; LeChase Construction, Rochester, and the Builders Exchange of Rochester.

"Reaching the goal of $1 million will allow the construction to start in 2008. It has been a real pleasure working with government, alumni, and businesses that support Alfred State College and the vision of a new Construction Workforce Development Center in Wellsville," said Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville Campus and interim vice president of academic affairs. "This is how government, business, and education need to lead in developing the workforce of tomorrow."

"This success will allow us to train graduates in some of the most-needed workforce skills in New York State," said Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, Provost and Officer in Charge of Alfred State College. "The Construction Industry Workforce Development Center will provide education and training leading to job opportunities for local--rural and urban--youth and will address a workforce shortage in the regional and national construction industry."

Alfred State College, in partnership with members of the region's construction industry, is developing the Construction Industry Workforce Development Center to increase economic development opportunities through job creation in rural and urban Western New York. The need for construction workers in Western New York and nationally is well documented, with nearly one million new construction jobs to be added by 2012, an increase of 15 percent. The construction industry is one of the top 10 largest sources of job growth in the United States.

The Center is one of the fundraising projects contained in Alfred State's Centennial Campaign, which has an overall goal of $3,427,000.

"The support for this project is indicative of the value that Alfred State College has for the region," said Rosati. "Overall, we expect this to be a highly successful campaign, and our staff and volunteer boards have worked hard to reach this first milestone."