By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Three local colleges will receive funding from the state to support training in high-needs career fields.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that 36 SUNY campuses across the state, including Clinton Community College, North Country Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh, will share more than $12 million over the next three years through the SUNY High Needs Program, intended to help meet the state’s demand for nurses and engineers.
“The High Needs Program and others like it are helping fulfill SUNY’s original purpose: to be world-class institutions that foster cutting-edge innovation and train the next generation of high-tech workers,” Cuomo said in a release. “SUNY is leading the way in the workforce training that is tailored to the jobs of tomorrow.
“Coupled with the Tax-Free NY initiative, this program will encourage new entrepreneurs to start their businesses in New York, keep their business in New York, grow their businesses in New York and, most importantly, hire New Yorkers.”
Over the next three years, Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh will receive $328,617 to support its Electrical Technology, Information Technology and Nursing programs.
North Country Community College, based in Saranac Lake with branch campuses in Malone and Ticonderoga, has been granted $450,000 for its health-care program.
SUNY Plattsburgh has been awarded $189,800 to support nursing education.
AREA OF NEED
The high-needs fields were determined by SUNY, the State Department of Labor and Empire State Development.
The Department of Labor “data predicts that New York will need approximately 2,340 engineers and engineering technologists, 15,660 new health-care practitioners and health technicians, and 800 new farming, fishing and forestry personnel per year to meet the needs of the state over the next decade,” the release said.
All SUNY campuses were eligible for funding through the program, according to the release, and “the number and amount of awards given is based on the quantity, quality and scope of applications received and varies from $21,000 to over $500,000 per project over three years.”
In order to receive the awards, which will support development or expansion of programs, applicants had to show that their projects would sustain themselves at the end of the funding period.
“Without the SUNY High Needs Program, these campuses could not provide the instructional and support staff and specialized equipment needed to enroll more students in these fields,” SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs David K. Lavallee said in the release.
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