Community Colleges to Train Displaced Workers

Rockland and Westchester Community colleges share $210,000 of federal funds to help displaced workers and veterans.

Rockland and Westchester Community colleges will receive federal assistance to help displaced workers and veterans find jobs in advanced manufacturing. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-18) and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-17) announced Wednesday that the federal government will provide $210,408 to the two local community colleges to help workers and veterans gain skills to find good jobs in advanced manufacturing. 

“Helping train and educate displaced workers and veterans for careers in advanced manufacturing is a win-win for workers and for New York,” said Congresswoman Lowey.  “Working in advanced manufacturing requires education and skills far beyond the jobs of the past." 

Rep. Engel said, “This grant will allow our two community colleges to provide the education and training to enable workers to find high quality jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector in two years or less. Even in these tough economic times there are jobs available, but they require advanced abilities. This is a great help to those who had their jobs outsourced, and it keeps our promise to veterans by helping them find work when they come home.”

With the additional funds, the colleges will expand their capacity to provide quality education and training services and help people improve the knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment.

Dr. Cliff Wood, president of Rockland Community College stated, “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project, which represents new training and educational pathways for training in advanced manufacturing for TAA eligible populations in our region. It represents a significant investment in our ability to help prepare students for careers in advanced high-tech manufacturing, one of the most important economic growth sectors for our region and New York State.”

“We are excited about this grant which will allow us to develop small manufacturing skills classes. These workforce development courses will help those seeking entry level positions to gain the skills needed for local employment,” says Dr. Joseph N. Hankin, president of Westchester Community College.  “This grant money will help us develop new services and expand upon existing services.” 

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