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SUNY Workforce Development Programs get $7M infusion

ALBANY - Nearly $7 million in awards to the State University of New York High Needs Program were announced on Tuesday.  The money will support workforce development in fields that are projected to substantially grow across the State. This year’s awards fund programs at 37 different colleges and universities and focus on the fields of engineering, renewable clean energy, healthcare, public health, biomedical-biotechnical, information technology and business and finance.

“By focusing on developing a workforce in these particular fields, we are positioning the economy for significant growth and helping people thrive in vibrant evolving industries across the State,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The job training programs we are funding today provide students with the skills they need to succeed in some of the most rapidly expanding parts of the private sector – which also helps New York businesses find the talent they need to grow. This is another way that we are unlocking new opportunities for New Yorkers, and I am proud to be supporting these programs today.”

SUNY campuses will use the awards to create and sustain workforce development programs in high-needs fields, which are determined by Department of Labor and Empire State Development and take into account New York’s needs by region. Occupations are considered high need if they are projected to have a large number of total openings, a high growth rate or a combination of both in the coming years.

A complete listing of campus programs to receive funding this year is available HERE.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said, “SUNY’s High Needs Program is just one way in which we honor our promises of economic and workforce development to New York State while educating and training our students in careers that will lead to their success after graduation. Students who take advantage of these programs are the engineers, clean energy experts, healthcare technicians and business leaders of tomorrow, and we are proud foster their development and training on campuses across the State. Congratulations to each of the programs receiving funding this year.”