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YCCC buys Sanford site, plans to expand programs

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By TAMMY WELLS
Senior Staff Writer

SANFORD — York County Community College, headquartered in Wells, has purchased space it uses to train students in precision machining, solidifying its presence in the community.

The closing on the 20,000-square-foot building at 60 Community Drive — along with an adjacent parcel — in Sanford Industrial Estates took place last month and was announced Tuesday. The college has been leasing the space since September 2016.

“This important step bodes well for workforce development in Sanford, and will be welcome news to our community,” said James Nimon, director of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council. 

YCCC’s Sanford Instructional Site is home to the college’s precision machining certificate and degree programs. As well, the space is also used for customized training programs YCCC runs for many of its industry partners such as Pratt & Whitney and Corning.

“Although YCCC has had a presence in rental space in Sanford since 2012, the College is pleased that we now have a permanent location to grow our manufacturing-related programs and training over the next several years,” said YCCC President Dr. Barbara Finkelstein." YCCC is currently working, developing and expanding its curricular and training offerings at the Sanford site in programs such as Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and other manufacturing-related areas."

YCCC purchased the building from the Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford, a nonprofit corporation established in 1959 by a group of area business, banking and professionals to promote economic development.

“The Industrial Development Corporation is very pleased to have YCCC in our community providing trained employees to local businesses and industries,” said IDC Chairman Bob Hardison. “The programs to be offered at the YCCC facility in Sanford will be important to those who are  seeking to begin or change a career or improve their earning potential. We welcome YCCC to Sanford.”

YCCC began its precision machining program in Sanford in 7,000 square feet of rental space five years ago. 

YCCC apokeswoman Stacy Chilicki said since 2013, the college has served 145 students in credit programming in Sanford.  She said  69 associates degrees and certificates have been awarded in precision machining since 2014

 — Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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