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Gov. Cuomo announces funding for SUNY campuses to train students in high need fields


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Cuomo said Thursday that 63 programs at 36 SUNY campuses will receive more than $12 million in funding over the next three years to support workforce development in high-need career fields throughout New York State.

The SUNY High Needs Program was established to meet state demand for nurses and engineers. Cuomo says SUNY recently 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.

"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 Governor 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."

"The impact that SUNY's High Need 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 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."

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 six statewide high needs areas the program is currently focused on are:

  • Engineering-Engineering Technologies
  • Healthcare
  • Renewable-Clean Energy
  • Biomedical-Biotechnical
  • Agriculture-Agriculture Business
  • Information Technology

DOL data predicts that New York will need approximately 2,340 engineers and engineering technologists, 15,660 new healthcare practitioners and health technicians, and 800 new farming, fishing, and forestry personnel per year to meet the needs of the State over the next decade.

Within the area of renewable-clean energy, the top five occupations that DOL has identified as a high need for New York are civil engineers, environmental engineers, electrical and electronics engineering technicians, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and mechanical engineers.

Occupations within the area of biomedical-biotechnical including biological technicians, chemical technicians, and medical/clinical laboratory technicians are considered high need; and the state needs to keep pace with a national trend seeking experts in information technology such as Cloud computing, smartphones, tablets, and easily accessible software applications.

Every SUNY campus was eligible for funding as part of the High Needs Program. 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.

Program funding is competitive and limited to one to three years of support for new program development or program expansion, so that the program can continue to be flexible and adjust to changing state needs. To receive funding, campuses must demonstrate how their program will become self-sustaining after the three-year period.

The University at Albany will receive $845,000. SUNY Cobleskill is set to get $72,500 and Columbia-Greene CC $230,100. Fulton-Montgomery CC is in line for $256,100 and Hudson Valley CC $244,166. Schenectady County CC will receive $193,550.

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