New Facility will Address Capital Region Healthcare, Workforce and Business Development Needs
Governor Cuomo announced a $9.7 million award to SUNY Adirondack as part of the fourth round of NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grants. This funding enables SUNY Adirondack to build the Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center which will house extensive applied learning and workforce training initiatives to help prepare the Capital Region’s workforce for the jobs of the future.
"As upstate New York's economy continues grow, we must ensure that our workforce has the skills and training needed to fulfill the jobs created by new and emerging industries," Governor Cuomo said. "This grant will allow SUNY Adirondack to build a state-of-the-art facility that ensures workers receive the training they need, so that new businesses are assured of a quality workforce."
The Workforce Readiness Center will work with local employers to train students to meet regional workforce development needs, support the goals of SUNY and the Capital Region Economic Development Council, and, above all else, contribute to helping residents secure employment in the region. The facility will house state-of-the-art training simulation labs for the region’s healthcare workforce, create a single point of contact for small business start-up and growth in a largely entrepreneurial-minded community, and centralize the college’s workforce development staff and resources.
Lieutenant Governor Hochul said: "Workforce development provides the tools necessary for more New Yorkers to find good paying jobs, right here in New York State.ý In today's global economy, businesses require more than a diploma - they require real world skills that are often industry specific. This funding is an example of Governor Cuomo's commitment to redefining how community colleges can partner with businesses so that our students obtain the skills needed to succeed."
SUNY Adirondack’s Workforce Readiness Center proposal for the SUNY 2020 grant was based on a comprehensive study of its Facilities Master Plan, current facility usage and a review of the needs among the region's business communities. This demonstrated a clear need for a dedicated location to further the college’s many existing applied learning and workforce training initiatives. Already, this project is identified as an industry model for community college - business partnerships that support community and workforce needs.
Senator Betty Little said, "I can’t wait to see the students take advantage of all that this new workforce readiness center will have to offer. This is such an exciting day for SUNY Adirondack, for our region and the business community that will partner with the college. I was very pleased to support SUNY Adirondack’s 20/20 application and could not be happier with today’s announcement."
Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "This education investment into our workforce will ensure that our region’s workforce have the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future. I thank the Governor and everyone involved in making the SUNY2020 grants a reality and bringing these dollars to our region."
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "The Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center will serve as an important industry model, showcasing the exceptional opportunities created for students and faculty when community colleges partner with the local businesses community to provide job training and collectively answer workforce demand. Governor Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 program continues to increase SUNY’s capacity for economic development and position our students for a higher degree of success. Congratulations to President Duffy and the entire SUNY Adirondack community on this much-deserved grant."
SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy said, "This new facility at our Queensbury campus will place SUNY Adirondack at the center of workforce development in our region, and we thank the governor and SUNY for the investment. This new, state-of-the-art facility will support healthcare workers in high demand, small business development and growth, and create dedicated space to invite a cutting-edge Lyme disease research and testing lab to our region. Finally, we will have a single stop for the business community to engage with our students and faculty to create meaningful experiences that support a 21st-century learning environment where students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world settings through partnerships with area businesses and education leaders."
The physical components of the facility include a 10,000 square foot addition connecting SUNY Adirondack’s existing Regional Higher Education Center to the college’s Science building. Key components of this new space are planned to include:
- Business Central, a "one-stop" solution center to connect businesses with prospective employees, career readiness partners and other resources used to help small business grow
- Healthcare Simulation Labs, a local training center for Nursing and healthcare workers that leverages SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Plattsburgh’s new R.N. to B.S.N. articulation program
- Lyme disease research and testing labs in partnership with the German company InfectoLab
- Expanded and enhanced facilities for the college’s growing Office of Continuing Education and their workforce training and personal enrichment programs
- High-capacity, adaptable conference and training space for college and community functions and events
With locations in Queensbury, Wilton, and online, SUNY Adirondack is a growing campus of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. SUNY Adirondack serves more than 4,000 students each year via its credit degrees, certifications and Continuing Education programs.
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