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Stakeholders unite to support pharma/nutra’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // With more than 150 companies and 9,800-plus employees, the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industry is already a Long Island cornerstone – and some major regional stakeholders want to see it grow. On Tuesday, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and the Workforce Development Institute officially introduced “Driving Suffolk County’s Innovation Economy: The Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Growth Factor,” a 48-page report detailing pharma/nutra’s impressive growth over the last decade and the unique obstacles the industry faces on…


URGENT to women: Come on in, the water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island commercial, educational and nonprofit forces have united to encourage women to dive into relatively unexplored waters. New York American Water, the Merrick-based subsidiary of New Jersey-based parent American Water Works Co., recently hosted a career-training day in conjunction with Nassau Community College and the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute, which supports job growth and retention across New York State through employee-development grants and industry/academia/government collaborations. The…


Coming together to manufacture LI’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multi-agency effort to give displaced workers modern manufacturing skills is about to graduate its first batch of reeducated professionals. And the Advanced Manufacturing Training program at Suffolk County Community College – a joint effort of SCCC, the Workforce Development Institute, private industry and the New York Department of Labor – is just getting started, with a seven-digit federal grant and a host of subsequent classes in the works. The seven-week…


Task Force: Education Key to LI workforce

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State Senate Task Force on Workforce Development is going to school. Educational initiatives including new Pathways in Technology schools and expanded access to tech-focused BOCES programs are among the top recommendations made by the task force, which reported Tuesday on 18 months of research into New York’s current workforce-development programs and best future options. Chaired by State Sens. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam), the task force features a baker’s dozen…