LI public colleges to receive $1 million for job training

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said Tuesday, "Students who SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said Tuesday, "Students who take advantage of these programs are the engineers, clean-energy experts, health care technicians and business leaders of tomorrow." Photo Credit: AP

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Long Island's public colleges will share more than $1 million to train students for jobs in engineering, information technology, cybersecurity and other high-demand fields, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The local grants are part of nearly $7 million awarded competitively through SUNY's High Needs Program, which seeks to prepare students for the jobs of the future. Thirty-seven campuses in the SUNY system are splitting the money.

On Long Island, the largest amount -- more than $754,000 -- was awarded to Stony Brook University. Of that, $180,000 will support a new certificate program in self-management of chronic disease and new online courses in engineering.

In addition, the funding helps six existing programs at Stony Brook in nursing, computer science and civil engineering, among others.

Separately, Stony Brook is working on accounting and finance courses with Farmingdale State College and SUNY Old Westbury; the three were given $100,000 for that initiative.

Cuomo said, "The job training programs we are funding today provide students with the skills they need to succeed in some of the most rapidly expanding parts of the private sector -- which also helps New York businesses find the talent they need to grow."

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The state Labor Department and Empire State Development have determined that New York employers will need 18,550 new doctors and health technicians over the next 10 years, 6,500 community and social service professionals and 2,340 engineers.

The hot fields include renewable clean energy, laboratory work and information technology including cloud computing, smartphones, tablets and software applications, state experts said.

Other local grants include $100,000 for a medical laboratory technician program at Nassau Community College, and $72,083 for a new cybersecurity program at Suffolk County Community College.

Nancy Zimpher, the SUNY chancellor, said Tuesday, "Students who take advantage of these programs are the engineers, clean-energy experts, health care technicians and business leaders of tomorrow."

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