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How can colleges in our area help local communities?

A Town/Gown Resource Fair planned for Wednesday morning in Ithaca may be a good starting point.

Cornell, Ithaca and Tompkins Cortland Community College want you to know about their school’s outreach programs and resources.

Martha Hubbard is director of Corporate and Community Partnerships at Tompkins Cortland Community College and says one mission of community colleges is to help grow the local economy.

“Economic development of the region is central to the mission of a community college. We’re very interested in doing whatever’s needed locally to make sure we’re supporting that development.”

Hubbard points out that community colleges can quickly develop custom training programs to serve government, non-profit and human service agencies, manufacturing, small business, banking and other service industries.

“We’ve developed programs on a variety of topics and delivered them when and where organizations need the training. We also are able to obtain grant funds to support a lot of that training.”

When it’s time to hire, the community college is ready.

“We have a way that employers can post jobs and internships and it’s very easy to do, and that’s a great way to connect our students with what employers are looking for,” says Hubbard.

Tompkins Cortland Community College, Ithaca College and Cornell University:


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