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TC3 Secures More Than $92K in Training Grants for Local Workers and Organizations

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Over 300 employees at 11 local organizations have been able to upgrade their skills and improve their job performance, thanks to $92,500 worth of grants Tompkins Cortland Community College secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program.

The College has received these grants over the past 15 years, securing more than $1.17 million total, helping thousands of local workers and employers. This year’s grant total ($92,500) is the largest secured by the College in five years.

The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training programs that support the creation and retention of employment opportunities in the state and local community. The training for the local organizations was done by BIZ, TC3’s home for continuing education and workforce development.

BIZ offers training programs both for individuals seeking to develop skills and for companies seeking customized training solutions in a variety of areas, including manufacturing, leadership, technology, and customer service.

To secure the grants, Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Carrie Whitmore worked with local organizations to design training programs that addressed critical business needs.

“This is one of the ways we can work with organizations in the community,” said Whitmore. “Working together, we identify skill gaps and determine needs, and then customize training programs to address those needs. These SUNY grants provide part of the total costs for the training, meaning the workers get the education needed for the organization to thrive, and at a fraction of what it normally would cost. The SUNY Workforce Grants help these organizations remain vital in our community.”

The 11 recipients of grant-funded training; organization’s location; and name of the training provided:

· Transonic Engineers; Ithaca; Software Training

· First National Bank of Dryden; Cortland, Dryden, and Homer; Upskilling for all Employees

· YWCA of Cortland; Cortland; Supervisory Development for Senior Staff

· Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services; Trumansburg; Embracing Differences

· CAPCO; Cortland; Managing Decisive Dialogues

· Intertek; Cortland; Supervisory Development

· BorgWarner; Ithaca; Problem Solving for Production Workers

· KIK Marietta; Cortland; Skill Development for Increased Productivity

· Racker; Cortland, Ithaca, and Owego; Communication through American Sign Language for Residential Program Staff

· Q2; Ithaca; Communication and Employee Engagement Series

· Stork H&E; Danby; GDT Training for Engineers and Quality Control


More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting Biz at 607.844.6586 or biz@tompkinscortland.edu.

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