Gov. Cuomo announces awards for SUNY Workforce Development programs
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Aug. 26 announced nearly $7 million in awards to the State University of New York High Needs Program to support workforce development in fields that are projected to substantially grow across the state. For the second year in a row, some of those funds were awarded to Binghamton University. This year, awards were granted to programs at 37 colleges and universities with a focus on the fields of engineering, renewable clean energy, healthcare, public health, biomedical-biotechnical, information technology and business and finance.
“By focusing on developing a workforce in these particular fields, we are positioning the economy for significant growth and helping people thrive in vibrant evolving industries across the state,” Cuomo said. “The job training programs we are funding today provide students with the skills they need to succeed in some of the most rapidly expanding parts of the private sector – which also helps New York businesses find the talent they need to grow. This is another way that we are unlocking new opportunities for New Yorkers, and I am proud to be supporting these programs today.”
SUNY campuses will use the awards to create and sustain workforce development programs in high-needs fields, which are determined by Department of Labor and Empire State Development and take into account New York’s 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.
Binghamton’s Decker School of Nursing was awarded $80,582 for its Expanding and Accelerating the Postmasters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, and the College of Community and Public Affairs will use its $90,000 award to support its Web Based Advanced Certificate Program for Social Work in Healthcare. The process was a competitive one. Every SUNY campus was eligible for funding and the number and amount of awards was based on the quantity, quality and scope of applications received, varying this year from $36,800 to $100,000.