Measuring Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps: Advanced Manufacturing in Central New York




In September 2012, Monroe Community College (MCC) in partnership with SUNY (State University of New York) was awarded a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to design, implement, and deliver a strategic approach to job training and education for high-need industries such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing.The consortium of 30 community colleges known as the SUNY TEAM (Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing) Project intends to design and deliver comprehensive training and education in the advanced manufacturing industry sector.

To date these programs have enrolled over 3,000 TAA-eligible workers and veterans throughout New York. These new programs are designed to help students complete a technical certificate program in two years or less with the benefit of stacked and latticed industry recognized credentials. This project was funded because of the demand for skilled and credentialed workers as evidenced by the local job opportunities, and a noted skills gap in existing training programs and current infrastructure.

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