SUNY Colleges to Share Worker Retraining Grants

Sep 20, 2012

Six community colleges in the Hudson Valley are included in a consortium of 30 SUNY two-year schools that will receive $14.6 million to fund worker training and education programs that will help unemployed workers learn skills essential to securing local jobs in emerging industries.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that 26 community colleges, three colleges of technology and a four-year college specializing in online education will benefit from this massive grant from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program.

The senator said his proposal is called “TEAM,” Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing project. 

 “It allows schools to craft jobs, a job-specific curriculum for the jobs that are needed”, Schumer said.  “By taking advantage of courses and training at local colleges, our young people and unemployed workers can get jobs across the state, so someone who is unemployed may want to enroll in one of these SUNY classes as well.”  

Six Hudson Valley colleges will share in the money:

  • Dutchess - $159,190
  • Orange - $124,583
  • Rockland - $60,908
  • Sullivan - $22,214
  • Ulster - $583,505
  • Westchester - $149,500

The senator said the grant could be a huge boost to Training Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers in the Hudson Valley, where SUNY plans to train an initial 100 workers at the six institutions serving more than 57,000 students.