Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Boards (GCR WIB) Steps up to STEM

The Steps up to STEM grant addresses the STEM middle skills shortage in the Greater Capital Region by supporting the development of a Talent Pipeline that ensures that disadvantaged youth, adults, and dislocated workers have information and training for STEM careers as well as access to quality jobs, and that employers have access to skilled workers needed for their companies’ success and economic growth. Web


Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit  that provides targeted programs in workforce, economic, and community development. A focus on helping businesses become and remain successful is a key component of this programming.  Healthy businesses provide employment opportunities for New York’s citizens and, in turn, are dependent on a well-trained workforce and community support.  The WDI works to ensure that investments in all three areas – workforce, economic and community development – are integrated and reflect the perspectives of working men and women. For more information contact Dan Cullen   at (518) 272-3500 ext 108. Web


National Grid Manufacturing Productivity Program

Manufacturers know they must continually improve to compete globally, but it is hard to pay for incumbent worker training while balancing other ever increasing expenses.  Manufacturers who qualify as National Grid customers can apply for matching grants based on the scope of work; grants range between $15,000 and $40,000 — or 40% to 60% — whichever is less.   Contact Louise Aitcheson at (518) 465-8975, x229. Click here for the NGMPP summary.


Governor Cuomo Announces $500,000 in Worker Training Grants Still Available to Businesses Nearly $9 Million Has Been Awarded to More Than 660 Businesses, With More Than 1,300 Workers Hired

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that nearly $500,000 in job training grants is still available to businesses that hire long-term unemployed New Yorkers. This funding is available through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) National Emergency Grant (NEG). This effort is part of a campaign to help individuals who have been out of work for 26 weeks or longer connect to available jobs in their region. More


Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program

HVCC continuously looks for employers to sponsor students in this program. The most practiced model for full-time day students is that the company recruits students from their locale, and pays all books, tuition and related fees, provided the students maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA. The company also employs the students part-time for up to (15) hours per week while the students are taking classes, and full-time when they are not attending classes (summer and breaks). The evening model, which is almost exclusively used for already employed manufacturing employees, is that the student-employee attends class two evenings a week for four years, and all tuition, books and fees are paid for by the employer. Some companies that have employed this technique for years and have or are in the process of developing a solid skilled manufacturing workforce are: GE Energy, GE Global Research, the Watervliet Arsenal, Kintz Plastics, Simmons Machine Tool, Package One, and Zak. For information on the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program contact: Dave Larkin (Professor) at 518-229-0467 or Dave Sarnacki (Admissions) at 518-629-4663.