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SUNY Cortland Awarded $2 Million by State to Support Education Workforce Training Programs

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SUNY Cortland was named one of 12 State University of New York, City University of New York, and private colleges to receive funding by the state last week to support education workforce training programs. The funding comes part of the Education Workforce Investment by the state.

Two grants were announced, which Cortland received both; one for Alternative Teaching Certification Program, and Upskilling Paraprofessionals Program. In total, the school was awarded nearly $2 million in funding for the programs.

“The point of these grants is to work with district partners in our region to create alternative pathways to teaching that can help teaching assistants and paraprofessionals to continue in their jobs while working on their teaching credentials,”

said Andrea Lachance, dean of SUNY Cortland’s School of Education.

In a release by the Governor’s Office, the funding will go towards supporting the projects over the next four years. The Alternative Teaching Certification Program is a guide to help reduce time and cost barriers for those who are interested in a teaching career. For the Upskilling Paraprofessionals Program, this program is for teaching assistants and paraprofessionals. It will provide funding to expand existing programs or to develop and implement new programs which recruit and then support teaching assistants and paraprofessionals.

The funding for the programs is expected to begin on July first with participation in the program expected to begin in the 2025-2026 year after a year of planning.

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