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Majority Caucus sees bright future in ECC’s new STEM Building

Members of the Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus attended Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Erie Community College’s STEM Building at the North Campus in Amherst, highlighting the partnerships that lead to one of the largest investments in the college in 50 years.


Chairman John Mills noted that while it took many years to get to today’s ceremonial event, it will be worth it in the end to have a state-of-the-art 57,000 square foot building that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, which are the jobs that are in high demand today.


“The STEM Building is representative of the future of ECC and this major investment is a huge step forward. I am honored to support the new building and to provide ECC with the tools it needs to educate and train students so they are prepared to join the workforce. Buffalo continues to grow and expand, and ECC can play a major role in ensuring our local companies employ local residents, benefitting everyone,” said Chairman Mills. “On behalf of the Erie County Legislature, I want to congratulate ECC President Jack Quinn for his leadership in making the STEM Building a reality.”


Legislator Edward A. Rath, III, whose district borders the North Campus, noted that the STEM Building and additional investments in the college are absolutely necessary to attract students to the college.


“I am excited that the STEM Building is underway and I know a lot of local businesses are too. Our community college will now have a facility and programs to meet the workforce training needs of local employers. This will attract students back to ECC, and provide them with an excellent education. Right now we have towns that are paying huge chargeback fees for students to attend Niagara or Genesee Community Colleges. We need to provide Erie County students with a quality education in an updated academic center so they choose ECC,” said Legislator Rath.  


Legislator Lynne Dixon also attended the ceremony, pleased to see years of hard work coming to fruition.


“It is official; the STEM Building is becoming a reality. Today's groundbreaking ceremony highlighted many years of hard work by the college, county and state to secure the funding for this $30 million, 57,000-square-foot building that will bring much-needed improvement to the college. While there is still much work to be done at the college, I was honored to be a part of this huge step forward,” Legislator Dixon noted.


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