U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $1,484,675 in federal funding for SUNY Alfred State College of Technology through the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission. Schumer said the grant will be used to enhance workforce development initiatives to meet training needs like specialized welding skills for two major industrial employers in the region: Alstom and Ljungström. The project stands to impact five upstate counties, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung, and is expected to support an estimated 184 to 196 total jobs in the region over a 3-year period. The project is led by SUNY Alfred State College of Technology, working in partnership with industry leaders and two workforce developers, CSS Workforce NY and CA Workforce Development.
“This is great news for SUNY Alfred State, and importantly for workers across the Southern Tier and Western NY. This federal investment will help support workforce development and skilled manufacturing training for hundreds of new jobs in the transportation and energy sectors,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight tooth and nail to make sure our workers have the skills and support they need to secure high-quality, good-paying jobs and further making upstate New York a top location for employers to invest and create new jobs.”
“Alfred State College is proud to partner with our local workforce development agencies and industry leaders to provide skilled manufacturing training and workforce development in the Southern Tier and Western NY region,” said Dr. John Anderson, Officer-in-Charge at Alfred State College. He added, “We would also like to thank Senator Schumer for his continued support of Alfred State College, our programs, and our students. He continues to help us bring opportunities to educate and build a strong, career-ready workforce in the region. We look forward to this partnership and the long-term positive impact it will have on our area’s workforce and industry."