Supporters of Alfred State College gathered at the School of Applied Technology campus recently to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the Construction Workforce Development Center -the shell has been completed and the building fully enclosed. It awaits funding to complete the interior. Craig R. Clark, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean, School of Applied Technology, welcomed donors, contractors, government officials, and others to the open house, applauding their dedication to seeing the dream become a reality and thanking them for their continued support.
Other speakers at the event included Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College; Dr. Risa Palm, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, State University of New York (SUNY) who was visiting that day; Andrew Claus, vice president, Builders Exchange of Rochester; William Goodrich, '84, CEO, LeChase Construction Services, LLC; and Mike Passalugo,'91, also of LeChase.
The overall theme of the day was that Alfred State educates students who are ready to join the workforce as they "hit the ground running"® and that to continue this mission, particularly in the construction field, it is necessary for the college's supporters to continue to donate their time, talent, and, yes, dollars, to this cause. The facility will allow students access to a better educational environment and afford the space to expand laboratories in construction.
"The expansion of the program is timely with the stimulus package and the acknowledgement that the infrastructure in the nation needs updating," said Clark. "There continues to be a shortage of skilled workers in construction and this facility is really needed in the region."
The Educational Foundation  which owns the Wellsville campus site rents the campus to Alfred State and receives no state funds from SUNY or the Construction Fund. The new facility has been completely funded through grants and donations thus far. The facility has received private donations from 42 different organizations, companies and individuals including 27 alumni and the Alfred State College Alumni Association.
"Every donation from $20 to $100,000 does and has made a difference," noted Clark. "There is still a need to raise funds for this project which will allow Alfred State students to complete the interior and continue the tradition of work-ready graduates."
To support and contribute to the Construction Workforce Development Center, please use our online giving form , or contact Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org  or (607) 587-3102.