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Our Workforce and Employee Training Resources

A place with an amazing workforce oriented to 21st century manufacturing.
A place with an amazing support system of colleges and training programs.
A place that is home to a state-of-the-art Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.


Our region is the proud home to a large labor pool (over 80,000 within a 1-hour driving radius of Plattsburgh) and a diversely skilled workforce that supports a number of internationally recognized employers such as Alstom, Volvo, Schluter Systems, International Paper, Fujitsu, Michelin (Camso), among others.

With a long  history and heritage in manufacturing and as the current home to a growing cluster of transportation equipment & aerospace manufacturers, our workforce already has the training, skills, and knowledge necessary to sustain any manufacturing operation.

But if training is needed - our region is supported by a number of superb educational institutions such as Clinton Community College and their Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, SUNY Plattsburgh, Clarkson University, and CV-TEC who can all provide customized training programs and help ensure a strong workforce pipeline for the future.

Learn more about how our workforce can ensure your company’s success below.

Workforce Statistics

Clinton
Franklin
Essex
Chittenden
Grand Isle
Population
81,224
51,054
38,233
160,985
6,950
Workforce Size
36,091
19,960
17,544
90,054
3,766
Industry Participation Rates
MFG  12.3%
Health 15%
MFG  19.7%
Health 5.01%
MFG  8.75%
Health 17.5%
MFG 9.98%
Health 15.8%
MFG 14.6%
Health 13.4%
Unemployment Rate (JULY 2020)
11.1%
12.2%
10.6%
7.6%
8.6%
Education Level
85% HS Grad
23% Bach or Higher
87% HS Grad
19% Bach or Higher
92% HS Grad
28% Bach or Higher
93.9% HS Grad
51% Bach or Higher
91.6% HS Grad
39% Bach or Higher

Technical Schools

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at Clinton Community College is a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, designed and equipped to serve as a regional hub for manufacturing education. The building houses Clinton's technology programs, as well as flexible teaching/learning space and courses for manufacturers to advance their workforce.

The IAM features a variety of equipment designed to give students and users hands-on, real-life experience. The space is structured to reflect a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, and includes the following stations:

  • Flexible Manufacturing Lab
  • Mechatronics Lab
  • Computer Technology Lab
  • Electronics Lab
  • Welding Lab
  • Machine Shop
  • Computer Lab
  • Conference Room
  • Lecture Room

Employers can take advantage of customized workforce training or rent space/equipment as well.

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CV-TEC

The CV-TEC Division of Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES) offers a wide range of Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programming, for local school districts and community members of Clinton and Essex counties.

Home of AIME (Assembling Industry: Manufacturing and Education) - AIME participants engage in a number of academic and hands-on learning activities centered around manufacturing. Students gain exposure to various topics and activities such as: 

  • OSHA 10 Hour for General Industry  
  • MSSC Modules in Manufacturing 
  • National Work Readiness Credential 
  • Electrical Assembly 
  • Torch Welding 
  • Crimping 
  • Technical Measurements 
  • Assembly Drawings
  • Hand and Power Tools

CV-TEC also offers customizable workforce training programs.

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More Local Educational Institutions


North Country Good Life

To assist our companies and employers recruit talent from outside of the area, The North Country Chamber of Commerce developed an employee attraction and relocation website titled, "North Country Good Life". North Country Good Life includes all of the information that is needed when considering a move to a new area such as housing considerations, schools, recreational opportunities, healthcare services, services for faith/worship, and much more.

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