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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Onondaga Community College has received more than a million dollars to help prepare students for careers in high-tech and advanced manufacturing fields.
The U.S. Department of Labor has gifted a more than $14 million grant to 23 SUNY community colleges. OCC will receive $1.2 million of that grant.
The money will be put toward developing a new curriculum to prepare students with advanced specialty skills needed in the manufacturing work force.
OCC's Interim President, Margaret O’Connell, says employers have jobs available, but are in need of the appropriately skilled workers.
"And what we're doing with the grant, is really just making sure those programs align with what employers now need, skills for the work force," O’Connell said.
The types of jobs students might train for under the grant's help may include nano or bio-tech areas and lean manufacturing.