ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Governor Cuomo has announced a $3 million investment in the State University of New York's Apprenticeship Program, the first Consolidated Funding Application award to come from the governor's $175 million Workforce Development Initiative.

The funding will expand apprenticeship programs, coordinated by Mohawk Valley Community College and including other SUNY schools, in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and information technology, as well as other growth industries.

"Apprenticeship programs offer students the educational opportunities and hands-on experience they need to prepared them for the jobs of the future," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will expand these critical apprenticeship programs that help students succeed in New York's rapidly growing tech industries and develop our state's booming workforce."

The program launched in 2018 in partnership with the New York State Department of Labor. It began with a focus on advanced manufacturing and healthcare, enabling local employers to provide paid employment, on-the-job training, and career opportunities to Registered Apprentices. To date, more than 40 employers have participated and more than 750 individuals have benefited from apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.