By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Funding from the Federal Department of Labor will assist Clinton Community College in providing job training to unemployed locals.
The college will receive $262,540 of a $14.6 million grant awarded to SUNY community colleges by the Department of Labor to improve and create job training and education programs.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us to put the money to good use here in the North Country,” said Clinton Community College President John Jablonski.
Clinton Community is one of 23 SUNY colleges to receive a piece of the grant, which is intended to support industries across the state by funding worker training in seven growing fields: advanced manufacturing; aerospace; health care; design; renewable energy; enterpreneurship, business and hospitality; and nanotechnology.
The schools will work closely with local businesses to develop training programs that meet the specific needs of employers in their region.
“For Clinton Community, we’ll get a share of that funding, and we will be using it to develop a credential program in advanced manufacturing,” Jablonski said.
The program, which will admit its first students next fall, is intended to connect individuals who are currently unemployed with skills sought after by local employers.
“It’s specifically designed to provide short-term training,” Jablonski said.
Those who complete the program will obtain a certified production-technician credential that meets the requirements of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
“This multi-million federal investment is a game-changer that will connect unemployed New Yorkers with the state’s top employers that are ready to hire skilled workers in their own backyard,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who worked with SUNY on its proposal for the grant, said in a media release.
“I am thrilled we secured this $14.6 million investment, which will use SUNY’s community colleges to focus like a laser on equipping workers with the necessary skills to succeed in industries that are flourishing right in our local communities.”
Though the grant will provide funding for a only three-year period, Jablonski said Clinton Community hopes to be able to continue to offer the advanced-manufacturing training even after the grant money is gone.
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