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FMCC shares grant funds for training

September 20, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton-Montgomery Community College will receive nearly $100,000 from the federal government for a job-training program.

The money is part of more than $14 million in grants going to New York community colleges.

The U.S. Labor Department grants will train New Yorkers in emerging industries including nanotechnology, bioscience and advanced manufacturing such as aerospace design, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. Hundreds of employers are already partners in the effort to hire the graduates, he said.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, FMCC will use the money for programs to help workers who lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. The programs also will help unemployed veterans.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger was unavailable for comment this morning.

The grants range from $35,000 for Adirondack Community College to $7 million for Monroe Community College.

Community colleges are part of the State University of New York system. They work closely with local industries to develop educational and training programs needed for jobs in their region. Other SUNY schools will benefit from private investment, Schumer said.

New York state's unemployment rate for August was 9.1 percent, higher than the national rate of 8.6 percent.

Schumer said the grants are aimed at providing trained employees fast to help in New York's economic recovery.

The grant money will come from the TEAM Educational Pathways Project, which will enable members of the SUNY Statewide Community College Collaborative to provide more than 3,000 workers and unemployed veterans with the training and education required to find high-wage jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry sector.

Monroe Community College received $14.6 million to lead the project consortium of 22 community colleges across the state in the program.

The money comes out of $500 million in grants to community colleges across the nation as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

"This federal support will help grow SUNY's already powerful capacity to train the advanced manufacturing workforce that is in such high demand in New York and across the country," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

The grants emphasize an evidence-based program design where each grantee will be required to collect student outcome data annually and conduct final evaluations at the end of the grant period to build knowledge about which strategies are most effective in placing graduates in jobs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The grants target fields that are in line for state tax breaks to help companies expand under a state economic development program.

The grants "will connect unemployed New Yorkers with the state's top employers that are ready to hire skilled workers in their own backyard," Schumer said.

To learn more about the grant program, visit

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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