This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach was on hand to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden to the Rochester area and Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center to address workforce development and education.  The visit came the morning after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union. Senator Joe Robach greeted the Vice President after his speech to thank him for visiting the Rochester area.Robach Rochester Biden

“The Vice President and his wife, spoke after they got a brief tour of the precision machining lab at the Applied Technologies Center in Brighton. They were accompanied by Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Donning safety glasses, the Vice President greeted about a dozen students, some of whom were embarking on second careers and were in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The equipment in the room give a sense of what “middle-skill” training entails. Computer numerical control machines filled the room where MCC students learn basic manual machine processes and conversational programming. Vice President Biden spoke of his time at Syracuse University, where he attended law school and said many of his classmates were from Rochester.”

“The Vice President noted in the speech that followed his tour, times have changed.As a result, the kind of partnerships for jobs-driven training that the Obama administration has been seeking have become a priority at MCC. MCC, which opened its doors in 1962, has always had close ties to the workforce. That connection deepened three years ago with the establishment of an Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services division at MCC. With the help of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, MCC has established a business and industry database, which now has the names of about 2,400 businesses. The database creates an information pipeline between local businesses and MCC. MCC has created a Corporate College, based in a rented building across from MCC’s main campus in Brighton. About 40 courses were recently added to this newly established program. Most of the courses are not for credit, with many focusing on training and professional development. In all, more than 100 courses are offered under Corporate College’s umbrella, including partnerships with businesses to train workers in skilled labor, such as welding.” Joe Robach is a long time supporter of MCC and always willing to assist the college and President Kress in all their endeavors.