The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $14.6 million to fund job-training programs at community colleges throughout the State University of New York, including Erie and Jamestown community colleges.
The grant, announced Wednesday by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, will help community colleges design and provide training and education in emerging industries, such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
ECC is in line to receive $926,922, while Jamestown is scheduled to get $35,880.
"This is fantastic news for not only our college community, but for hard-working residents of Western New York," said ECC President Jack F. Quinn. Jr.
The SUNY consortium will use the money to train workers in seven high-demand industries: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, design, renewable energy, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship/business/hospitality.
Colleges can use the funds to develop new classes and certification programs, bring new technology into labs and expand the availability of internships at local businesses, Schumer said.
"This multi-million federal investment is a game-changer that will connect unemployed New Yorkers with the state's top employers that are ready to hire skilled workers in their own backyard," Schumer said.