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College Secures Nearly $100K in Grants for Training for Local Organizations

December 9, 2014

Hundreds of employees in Tompkins and Cortland counties will be upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $99,104.64 worth of grants Tompkins Cortland Community College has secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program. The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training programs to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the development of new businesses in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local community. Locally, the training is done by the professional development and business training arm of the College, Biz.

This year’s grant total is one of the largest the College has received from the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program. In the last ten years of the program, Biz has secured more than $735,000 in grants, which provided training to more than 7,200 people.

Strategic Corporate and Community Partnerships Director Martha Hubbard worked with local organizations to design training programs aligned with critical business needs, and then applied for the training grants. "A crucial part of the service we provide to our community is assistance in securing training grants," said Hubbard. "We work with organizations to determine needs, and then customize training programs to address those needs. With the programs being partially funded through the SUNY grants, the training is provided to the organizations at a fraction of what it normally would cost. It allows these organizations to afford the training they need to continue to thrive and remain vital in our community."

The training supported by the SUNY grants will assist five organizations and will take place over the next few months, with all the programs completed by July 2015. The grant award recipients, training topics, and grant total are:
• Franziska Racker Centers- Meeting the Challenges of Growth; $6,720.00
• CBORD- Lean Office and Supervisory Development; $11,895.00
• BorgWarner- Advanced Capacity Building for Advanced Manufacturing; $48,021.12
• BinOptics- Manufacturing Growth Training; $14,841.00
• Marietta Corporation- Manufacturing Success; $17,627.52

More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting Biz at 607.844.6586 or MMH@tompkinscortland.edu.