Last week, Westmoreland County Community College broke ground on its new $9.4 million Advanced Technology Center in the former Sony plant near New Stanton. The college’s workforce development program will move to the expanded classrooms and labs by fall 2014.
But county and college officials also hope the new center will be an incubator to help grow manufacturing businesses throughout the region.
“We are building on Western Pennsylvania’s manufacturing roots,” said Doug Jensen, WCCC assistant vice president for workforce education. “The entire manufacturing sector is growing in so many ways we need a different workforce and skill sets.
“Just as Pittsburgh has been an incubator for businesses in the biotech field with its universities, we want Westmoreland County to be an incubator for the manufacturing sector; we want entrepreneurs to come here. We want to serve the entire region in these emerging sectors, including energy.”