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Job Training Grant to SUNY Schools

Job Training Grant To SUNY Schools

Corning (WENY) -- Corning Community College is one of 30 SUNY schools getting part of a $14.6 million job training grant. Senator Chuck Schumer says the Department of Labor is providing the grant to create and improve job training programs upstate.  Schumer says there are 50,000 skilled labor jobs waiting for qualified workers in New York. At least 100 businesses will work with community colleges to help match workers with jobs in nanotechnology, biosciences and advanced manufacturing. With the million dollars, Corning Community College will train 300 unemployed people over the next three years for jobs in those fields. 

"Our workforce partners right here in the central Southern Tier need welders," said Dr. Katherine Douglas, CCC's president. "That's what we're in the business of doing right here -- Corning Community College is providing workforce development for our area, so we're delighted with these funds that can help us do that."

Douglas added, "The students who come to us will be working with a new curriculum, new faculty, new equipment, new technology that the grant will underwrite, and they will go directly under the alignment of the curriculum that the manufacturing association says is the appropriate one."

CCC will work with small and midsized advanced manufacturing companies in the area like Hilliyard and Hardinge, where executives say there's a shortage of skilled machinists.

"It is a good sign that we can continue to try to work with the college to try and generate some prospective graduates in technology areas that would be related to manufacturing in one way or another," said Doug Tifft, senior vice president of administration for Hardinge, Inc.

"Three hundred folks for the next three years who are unemployed will be given the skills, the competencies to have good paying jobs -- jobs that really support a career and a family," said Douglas.

Douglas expects CCC to get the grant money in the next few months and hopes to start up the training program early next year.