March 9, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Awarded to Train More Than 1,000 New Yorkers as Part of New York's Historic Workforce Development Initiative

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12 New York State Businesses, Community Colleges and Community-Based Organizations Receive Funding For Workforce Development

Awards Will Fund In-Demand Skills Training for More than 1,000 Workers 


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 12 businesses, community colleges and community-based organizations across the state have been awarded more than $1.4 million as part of the state's historic $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. The grants will support professional training opportunities for more than 1,000 New Yorkers, teaching them skills that are in demand from employers. Since launching in May 2019, more than $13 million has been awarded through the Workforce Development Initiative, which will provide training to more than 9,200 New Yorkers.


"We are investing in our future by providing New Yorkers with the skills they need to succeed in the industries of tomorrow," Governor Cuomo said. "With these awards, we are continuing to strengthen and diversify our workforce while helping to ensure that New Yorkers will be sought after employees in highly-competitive industries."


Among the awardees is the Schenectady-based Social Enterprise and Training Center, which is being awarded $200,000 to train local residents to enter the culinary industry. SEAT will focus program recruitment on unemployed and underemployed individuals, including individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals without a high school diploma, and will partner directly with private industry for training curriculum and job placement.


"Investing in workforce development is essential to provide individuals with the skills they need for jobs in industries across the state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market, New York must lead the way to train workers to close the skills gap and create a pipeline of talent for employers. The Workforce Development Initiative targets resources to ensure training is available in our communities for good paying jobs that will continue to move our economy forward."


Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Because of Governor Cuomo, the unemployment rate across the State is at an historic low. As our economy continues to grow and technology rapidly changes, the Workforce Development Initiative is critical in preparing our workforce and employers to meet the needs of that evolution. We have to be forwarded thinking in training our workforce, not only for advancement in their current jobs, but making sure they are skilled in the jobs of tomorrow."


SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "Governor Cuomo's Workforce Development Initiative continues to broaden access to high-quality training for jobs across our state. The depth of our programs stems from strong partnership between the New York State Department of Labor, SUNY's community colleges, and local businesses and organizations. And, the result will be thousands of individuals who are more prepared and encouraged to enter the workplace."


Other awardees include:


Capital Region: Capital District Women's Employment Service, Albany, nursing, direct care, and health care training - $199,695; Schenectady Community Action Project, Schenectady for health care industry training - $199,156; Our Ability, Albany, training for job seekers with disabilities - $198,460


Finger Lakes: Genesee Community College / Aludyne Corporation, Batavia, electrical diagram training - $12,096; Monroe Community College / University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, project management training - $8,690; Monroe Community College / Generations Care, Rochester, leadership and accountability training - $1,418


Long Island: Town of Hempstead Occupational Resources, Hempstead, technology and medical industry skills training and job placement - $97,186; Mid-Hudson: ShopRite Supermarkets, Florida, leadership and career pathways programs - $240,247


North Country: North Country Community College / Citizens Advocates, Saranac Lake, project management training - $13,473


Southern Tier: Tompkins Cortland Community College / Transonic Systems, Dryden, advanced software training - $10,800


Western New York: Snyder Corp, Buffalo, transportation services training - $235,959


Governor Cuomo's Workforce Development Initiative

Governor Cuomo announced a $175 million statewide investment for the Workforce Development Initiative in May 2019 to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses' short-term workforce needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, expand apprenticeships and address the long-term needs of growing industries. These funds will also support efforts to improve the economic security of women, youth and other groups facing significant barriers to career advancement. The State's Regional Economic Development Councils play a critical role in recommending projects that align with their region's economic and workforce development plans.


In September 2019, $3 million in Workforce Development Initiative awards were provided to Mohawk Valley Community College to dramatically expand high-growth industry apprenticeships. In January 2020, $3.4 million in Workforce Development Initiative awards were provided to 61 New York State businesses, community colleges and community-based organizations to train more than 2,400 New Yorkers with in-demand skills. Also, in February 2020, $5.4 million was awarded to train more than 4,400 New Yorkers. More information about the Workforce Development Initiative and the awards announced to date can be found at


About NYS Department of Labor

The mission of the New York State Department of Labor is to transform New York's world of work. We empower and protect New York's workforce by administering unemployment Insurance to those out of a job and looking for work, ensuring minimum wage and other labor laws are being followed, and educating all workers about their rights. We build and support businesses by helping them recruit workers, manage their workforce, develop apprenticeship programs and find tax credits and hiring incentives. We help workers find the career they love at our 96 career centers across the state, which provide free services such as job placement, resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview preparation and referrals for on-the-job training for those looking to find a job, change careers or advance in a current career.


About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves throughout the year about 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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