Genesee Community College’s BEST Center (Business Employee Skills Training) has been awarded the New York College Apprenticeship Network (NYCAN) grant.
The NYCAN grant, which totals $15,000, is a result of a partnership between The State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Department of Labor and is designed to focus on Advanced Manufacturing.
“As the BEST Center’s primary focus is employee development and skills training, we are highly attuned to the workforce needs of our communities,” said Director of the BEST Center Dr. John McGowan. “The programs we offer are specifically designed to grow highly skilled and employable personnel to ensure the economic health of our region.”
Genesee Community College’s BEST Center has begun to engage small, medium, and large employers to secure paid apprenticeships in high demand, competitive wage occupations throughout Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties, and – through online capabilities – far beyond.
“The NYCAN grant allows us to support employers with Registered Apprenticeship programs, as well as assist current and future Registered Apprentices,” said McGowan.
New York State has provided $9 million of funding for SUNY community colleges, to create one of the largest statewide public/private partnership apprenticeship programs in the country. At Genesee Community College, the BEST Center’s programs house the expertise and support that identify workforce needs, determine skills gaps, and engage employer sponsors to expand apprenticeships throughout the region. The SUNY Apprenticeship Program will assist in developing 2,000 pre-apprentices and Registered Apprentices over four to six-years in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology/cybersecurity/artificial intelligence, and more.