Yesterday both New York Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the US Department of of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program has recently awarded Onondaga Community College $5 million dollars to expand healthcare education programs, close opportunity gaps, and increase access to good-paying healthcare careers in the state.
The school will be the leader of a coalition of ten community colleges in Upstate New York to partner with workforce development agencies, healthcare industry leaders, unions, and various other community partners.
“I am proud to deliver this $5 million federal investment to give Upstate community colleges, led by OCC, the shot in the arm they need to help providers fill in-demand, good-paying healthcare jobs in their communities,” said Senator Schumer. “Healthcare providers across the state are struggling to find enough workers to meet the demand for services, but this funding will help students and job seekers get the skills they need to enter better paying careers and give back to the community. This funding will go a long way to filling healthcare jobs in the areas that need them most and will strengthen Upstate New York’s medical workforce for years to come.”
The Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program aims to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to career and technical education programs they need to connect with quality jobs.