Tompkins Cortland Community College wins millions in grants – Cortland Voice

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Tompkins Cortland Community College Press Release

Tompkins Cortland Community College has received more than $ 3.4 million in grants from the New York State Workforce Development Initiative. A 2020 SUNY grant of $ 3.12 million will support an upgrade to the College’s STEM lab space on the Dryden campus. The College also received a SUNY Next Generation Job Linkage grant of $ 289,500 to hire faculty and expand the curriculum in applied science and technology. Combined, the two grants will allow the College to create new offerings, including micro-degrees, in areas of local demand. The grants will allow a better learning experience for students while also enabling the College to provide greater support to local business partners. Renovation work, starting with the hiring of an architect, will begin during the spring semester.

“I would like to thank SUNY and New York State for their strong commitment to workforce development and infrastructure needs in our region and across the state,” said the provost and administrator in charge of Tompkins Cortland Community College, Paul Reifenheiser. “SUNY’s support will help us develop a curriculum to provide life-saving job training to hundreds of students each year and renovate our lab spaces to enable us to meet the needs of local employers and partners in facilities. at the cutting edge of technology. With these grants, we can provide better student support and meet the needs of our community.

The SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program was first announced in 2011 with the goal of stimulating economic growth statewide while strengthening academic programs at New York City public universities and colleges. The Tompkins Cortland Award is part of the latest round of Challenge Grant Awards 2020, which were awarded as part of the state’s recent Workforce Development Initiative (WDI). The money will be used for upgrading infrastructure, especially in laboratory spaces devoted to electrical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, construction technology and applied sciences.

Jobs Linkage grant of $ 289,500 will expand academic offerings in high-need workforce training programs, creating new options in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and engineering civil.

Carrie Whitmore, director of continuing education and workforce development, said the grants will allow the college to hire faculty and design a program in consultation with local business partners. “The best way to meet the needs of local employers is to work closely with them from the start, and that’s what we do. These grants will enable the creation of new micro-degrees that will allow our students to acquire the necessary skills faster than a traditional associate’s degree program, but will also give students an entry point if they wish to pursue a associate’s degree later, ”Whitmore said. .

The new offers will be within the Applied Sciences and Technology major. As part of advanced manufacturing, an electrical engineering technology track will be created, as well as micro-degrees in Introduction to Programmable Electronics, Electrical Support for Manufacturing, and Electrical Machine Technician. Within civil engineering, a technological branch in civil engineering and micro-diplomas in concrete mixing and testing, public works and geographic information system (GIS). Within health, the track will be for Lab Tech.

Overall, the college hopes to serve between 100 and 200 students per year with the new offerings.

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