CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Corning Community College was awarded a $1.4 million grant through SUNY to create a future Automotive Technician program.

SUNY CCC, along with SUNY Broome Community College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, will will develop a trio of ASE-certified micro-credentials that will prepare future automotive technicians in the Southern Tier.

The first micro-credential will focus on providing short-term training for entry-level technicians, who upon completion will be placed with regional employers.

The second and third micro-credentials will be offered as a work-based model where students will go through two full days of training, in addition to
three days of full-time work with their employer.

SUNY CCC said this "earn while you learn" model is critical to success because it provides students a living wage while reinforcing the classroom learning with on-the-job skill building.

The school will have its training center at Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats, just off I-86.