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Community colleges get funds for job training

ALBANY — The federal government is providing $14.6 million to 23 community colleges in New York to enhance job-training programs while other colleges statewide are expected to benefit from private investment linked to the grants.

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.

The grants range from $35,000 for Adirondack Community College to $7 million for Monroe Community College. Others receiving them are Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Corning, Dutchess, Erie, Fulton-Montgomery, Genesee, Herkimer, Hudson Valley, Jamestown, Mohawk Valley, Onondaga, Orange, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins-Cortland, Ulster and Westchester community colleges.

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.