SUNY Cortland And TC3 Among Colleges Getting Big $$$ To Support Workforce Development
SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College are among 36 colleges that will share more than $12 million in state funding over the next three years to support workforce development in high demand career fields.
On Thursday Governor Cuomo announced an expansion of SUNY High Needs Program which was established to meet state demand for nurses and engineers.
SUNY in partnership with the state Department of Labor and Empire State Development has determined which career fields should be added to the program to train the next generation of high tech workers.
SUNY Cortland will receive just over $368,000 to establish a master’s program in sustainable energy systems. SUNY Cortland spokesman Fred Pierce says it will allow the College to hire a physicist to train students in the field. Pierce says the demand for jobs in the field is under high demand especially due to changes in agriculture industry.
The funds will also be used to increase staffing in the Kinesiology department in order to train more physical therapists and occupational therapists. Those fields are expected to explode in the coming years as baby boomers require more medical care.
Tompkins Cortland Community college will receive over $134 thousand to support its technology studies programs to encourage future engineers.
The news comes on the heels of the Governor’s Tax Free NY initiative, a program aimed at transforming SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free zones to attract start ups and new businesses.