Thirty-six State University of New York campuses will get more than $12 million over three years to support workforce development programs for high-need careers in the state.
The funding source, called the SUNY High Need Program, was initially designed to fund training of nurses and engineers, which New York was lacking. The state expanded the program to boost the health care and biomedical industries, renewable energy, agriculture and information technology.
The state Department of Labor predicts that New York will need approximately 2,340 engineers and engineering technologists, 15,660 new healthcare practitioners and health technicians, and 800 new farming, fishing, and forestry personnel per year over the next decade to keep up with growth.
“The impact that SUNY’s High Needs Program has already had on New York State has been substantial, with more than 1,000 students per year added or retrained in nursing and engineering, alone, since 2006,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a statement. “By expanding our target fields to include emerging 21st-century demands, we are ensuring that SUNY students are graduating with the skills and expertise that New York employers are looking for.”
All SUNY campuses were eligible for the funding, which was awarded competitively. The awards range from $70,000 to SUNY Delhi to nearly $2.5 million to Stony Brook University.