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Cornell Receives Grant Totaling Over $400k Towards Dairy Industry Training


Yesterday, New York Governor Hochul announced the first round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grants, which in total amounted to more than $6 million dollars. Among those recipients was Cornell University.

The grant Cornell University was awarded totaled $400,742 dollars and will go to the schools program that provides dairy industry training through a processing boot-camp and online Dairy Science and Sanitation course.

Companies partnering with Cornell University in the program include: Byrne Dairy, Great Lakes Cheese, Lactalis, Northeast Dairy Foods, Perry’s Ice Cream, and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

“New York State is making bold, strategic investments in our economy that are attracting and growing companies in New York, and we are laser-focused on ensuring that we have ready and able workers to fill these jobs of the future,” Governor Hochul said. “Our new Office of Strategic Workforce Development will help reduce barriers to training and employment while supporting businesses with their workforce needs. This funding is just the beginning of our investment in developing a strong and diverse workforce for decades to come.”

Cornell was part of the round one awardees for the Pay for Performance (P4P) operating grant awards.

“The creation of the Office of Strategic Workforce Development represents a decisive change in New York State’s workforce development strategy to one that is laser-focused on supporting the labor needs of the state’s highest-growth sectors while producing new economic opportunity for un/underemployed and underrepresented workers. The Office will leverage ESD’s relationships with employers throughout the state and its standing as a trusted partner in the business community to help identify employer needs early and train New Yorkers to meet those needs. Additionally, the Office will also establish and maintain metrics for tracking the implementation and success of each of these programs.” Governor Hochul Office stated in a press release.

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