SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – SUNY Schenectady County Community College’s Office of Workforce Development and Community Education responds to career advancement and industry training needs in the Capital Region by securing funding to offer a variety of programs to local area businesses.

Recently, the College announced during an event hosted by the Center for Economic Growth and Key Bank, that SUNY SCCC will partner with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC), the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), Capital Region BOCES and the Business Council to address training gaps in the manufacturing sector. SUNY SCCC will be offering a middle skills training program utilizing funds from a $108,450 CEG grant. The funding supports program expenses including tuition assistance, instructor salaries, and instructor certifications. Capital Region BOCES will be providing classroom space for the training, and the Business Council will serve as a connector between CEG, SUNY SCCC, HVCC, Capital Region BOCES and Capital Region manufacturing industry partners.

Also, SUNY SCCC will partner with three local companies to offer employee on-the-job education and training programs tailored to the specific needs of each company. The training programs will be funded through an $82,500 grant that the College received from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training Grant Program for 2017 – 2018.

Through the grant:

  • ShopRite Supermarkets will receive leadership and management training along with culinary training skills taught by SUNY SCCC faculty.
  • Employees from Inova, a manufacturer of multi-functional furniture solutions, will receive high-skilled manufacturing training that will streamline assembly-line efficiency, help to reduce turnover in jobs, and boost shop productivity.
  • Precision Valve and Automation (PVA) training will increase computing skills that support various aspects of PVA finance, accounting, production, and business and operations management. PVA is a manufacturer of automated dispensing and coating robots.

The training programs are scheduled to be completed this summer. Training will take place at employer locations and on the SUNY SCCC campus.

“At SUNY SCCC we are dedicated to providing pathways, in many forms, to empower our students to reach their goals and achieve success,” said Dr. Steady Moono, President. “We are grateful to KeyBank for the substantial funding they provided, and to the Center for Economic Growth, the Business Council of New York State, and Capital Region BOCES, as we embark on developing the new Certified Production Technician program to offer more members of our community the opportunity to expand their education and advance in their careers. We are equally as grateful to SUNY for the funding available through the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training Grant Program so that we can offer specific training programs for local companies.”

“We are pleased to partner with each of these agencies and businesses to offer training to improve the skills of current employees and provide expertise that can lead to advancement,” said Denise Zieske, Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education at SUNY SCCC. “The support of the Center for Economic Growth and the SUNY Office of Community Colleges is integral in developing customized industry training for local employers.”

“As sponsor of the Community College, the Schenectady County Legislature believes in the transformational power of education and the importance of training for our workforce,” said Richard Patierne, Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Education and Libraries. “These new training programs ensure that our college is continuing to meet the needs of our community as well as helping our local businesses grow.”

About SUNY Schenectady County Community College:
One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education, SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC) enrolls more than 6,200 students annually. Located in upstate New York, SUNY SCCC offers more than 55 degree, certificate and program options. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to respond to local educational needs by providing affordable, comprehensive higher education and adult education opportunities. To learn more, visit


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