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Binghamton University nursing programs, along with mechanical engineering and cyber security, will benefit from a total of $1.7 million in funding to support high-need career fields.
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University to receive $1.7 M to support training in high-need career fields
June 20, 2013Tweet
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that four Binghamton University programs are among 63 from SUNY campuses that will receive funding over the next three years to support workforce development in high-need career fields throughout New York state.
The SUNY High Needs Program, established to meet state demand for nurses and engineers, has awarded $1.7 million to Binghamton University to hire tenure-track faculty in mechanical engineering, cyber security and nursing.
“SUNY’s High Needs Program will enable us to hire new, tenure-track faculty in areas that have been identified as high-need or growth areas,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman. “We applaud the governor and chancellor’s efforts to ensure that our students are graduating with the skills necessary to find jobs in these emerging sectors, while adding valuable employees to New York’s workforce.”
“The High Needs Program and others like it are helping fulfill SUNY’s original purpose: to be world-class institutions that foster cutting edge innovation and train the next generation of high tech workers,” said Cuomo. “SUNY is leading the way in the workforce training that is tailored to the jobs of tomorrow. Coupled with the Tax-Free NY initiative, this program will encourage new entrepreneurs to start their businesses in New York, keep their business in New York, grow their businesses in New York and, most importantly, hire New Yorkers.”
SUNY worked with the NYS Department of Labor (DOL) and Empire State Development (ESD) to determine which career fields should be added to the program to answer today’s state-wide workforce demands as well as current needs by region. Occupations are considered high need if they are projected to have a large number of total openings, a high growth rate or a combination of both in the coming years, based on DOL data.
“The impact that SUNY’s High Needs Program has already had on New York state has been substantial, with more than 1,000 students per year added or retrained in nursing and engineering alone since 2006,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “By expanding our target fields to include emerging 21st-century demands, we are ensuring that SUNY students are graduating with the skills and expertise that New York employers are looking for.”
Every SUNY campus was eligible to compete for the funding, which is limited to one to three years of support for new program development or program expansion. The number and amount of awards given is based on the quantity, quality and scope of applications received, and varies from $21,000 to over $500,000 per project over three years. To receive funding, campuses demonstrated how their programs will become self-sustaining after the three-year period.
A complete list of campus programs to receive funding is available online.