|MCC-led Project Supporting Accelerated Training Wins Approval for State Funding (12/13/2013)
Regional Economic Development Council initiative focused on El Camino neighborhoodROCHESTER, N.Y. –Dec. 11, 2013- A Monroe Community College-led project in the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council proposal has earned state funding. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the awards Wednesday morning at a meeting of the Regional Economic Development Councils in Albany.
As part of the Opportunity Agenda, MCC’s Accelerated Precision Tooling Certificate program will enable Rochester’s El Camino neighborhood residents to obtain education and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing, earn a certificate in half the normal time, and find employment within a year. Participants in the program, which will receive $100,000 in state funds, are anticipated to begin in fall 2014.
MCC has already tested this workforce development model. In response to local manufacturers’ immediate need for skilled workers, MCC developed the six-month accelerated certificate program in spring 2013 in partnership with the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA). Thirteen displaced workers and military veterans in the nine-county region participated in the program and earned their certificates in October. Upon completing the program, they received job placement assistance from RTMA.
Opportunity Agenda is a coordinated approach by the regional councils to address the needs of a high poverty neighborhood within the region.
“For anyone seeking employment in the new economy, some postsecondary education is necessary. MCC plays a central role in removing barriers so that individuals facing the most significant challenges can build stronger futures,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress. “When you look at where the job openings are now and will be in the long run, advanced manufacturing is a high-demand, high-tech field that offers exciting and sustaining career pathways. I’m very pleased that Governor Cuomo supports our vision and efforts in creating opportunities for economic and social mobility, one neighborhood at a time.”
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