That’s one for the books at Suffolk County Community College, where a U.S. Department of Labor job-training grant has set a new funding high-water mark.
It’s actually 2,949,237 for the books, with the Labor Department’s nearly $3 million stipend – earmarked for cybersecurity, manufacturing and health-IT training and credentialing – standing alone as the single-largest grant in school history, SCCC announced this week.
The RESTORE grant – for the Labor Department’s Resources and Education that Support Training Opportunities within the Regional Economy program – is part of President Obama’s TechHire Initiative, a national campaign doling out $150 million to public-private partnerships that strengthen local technology sectors.
In addition to setting the school’s new single-grant record, the DOL stipend “will allow our college to focus new and additional resources on … empowering residents in our region with the education and training they need to develop new skills and earn higher wages,” according to SCCC President Shaun McKay.
The college will execute the grant in collaboration with the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, the New York State and Suffolk County labor departments and nonprofit organizations including the Workforce Development Institute and the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, according to SCCC.
Also pitching in will be a host of regional industry partners, including Alken Industries of Ronkonkoma, GKN Aerospace of Amityville, Precipart Inc. of Farmingdale and Custom Computer Specialists of Hauppauge.
The grant will fund training programs tailored to both rookie employees and older workers who must modernize their skills to assume more workplace responsibility. Also in mind are existing employees with the skills, but not the credentials, to take on more senior-level jobs.
Retraining and upskilling through the RESTORE program will put participants on the path to an associate’s degree, with the option to transfer academic credits to bachelor’s degree programs “for expanded career options,” SCCC said.
The $2.9 million grant will be enough to train about 350 participants, according to McKay, while improving the chances that those workers will choose to stay in the region.
“Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that local, highly trained and motivated individuals remain on Long Island,” the president said.