Finger Lakes Wired (https://www.fingerlakeswired.com) announced today the award of $370,000 in funding to Finger Lakes, Genesee and Monroe Community Colleges for the creation of a Regional Center for Workforce Excellence. MCC will be the lead agency for this initiative. MCC’s Office of Workforce Development led a three-year effort to design a more comprehensive way to provide industry-related training services to businesses and residents throughout the region.
The proposed virtual Center will provide students and job seekers across the nine-county region with access to technical, lab-based credit programs, currently only offered at one of the three colleges, via distance learning and hybrid delivery formats. Non-credit courses offered at one college will also be hosted offsite at partner facilities or businesses to reduce travel time and increase the number of individuals served. This new approach will expand the reach of programs currently available at each of the three colleges beyond existing geographic barriers.
“This innovative partnership will provide workers across the nine-county region with greater access to advanced skill training in key industry sectors and allow them to upgrade their skills and remain competitive in the global economy,” said Pat Piles, Finger Lakes Wired Program Manager. The Center will both increase the skills of local workers while also improving the talent pool for regional small to medium-sized businesses.