On May 23, our design team joined Monroe Community College, and state and local representatives to celebrate the grand opening of the new FWD (Finger Lakes Workforce Development) Center, located at the college’s Downtown Rochester campus.
The FWD Center is designed to offer short-term and accelerated training programs that place individuals in high-demand jobs within advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, skilled trades apprenticeship, and professional services.
“This state-of-the-art education and workforce development center will deliver accelerated training programs to provide New Yorkers in the Finger Lakes with the skills they need to compete in today’s dynamic and ever-changing job market, said New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
The FWD Center is designed to support a variety of programs and allow for quick modification of the space to meet the specific needs of regional employers. New programs offered at the FWD Center will focus on Industry 4.0-related skills in automation, robotics, mechatronics as well as information technology. A secondary focus will be skilled trades and youth apprenticeship-related instruction. To strengthen the educational pipeline, an early college program model will focus on exposing high school students to advanced smart technologies. The new facility anticipates training an estimated 2,500 individuals within the next three years.
SWBR provided architectural, interior design, and structural engineering design services for the project.