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SUNY worker training program will expand economy, says Slaughter

State University of New York community colleges will produce a workforce that will expand the economy for decades, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says.

The congresswoman spoke at Monroe Community College in Rochester today alongside Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher, about the $14.6 million grant awarded to SUNY community colleges last week.

Monroe Community College is leading a state-wide consortium that have received funding to re-train displaced workers and unemployed veterans in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis says pairing businesses in need of workers with students coming out of the programs will contribute to filling the 50,000 jobs in this sector, currently vacant in New York State.

The proof will be in the pudding, in how many people get certificates and get jobs. And right now I think we have a very good recipe to get that done. Manufacturing really is the ticket for our recovery.

NY Senator Chuck Schumer estimated that this current funding round would generate around 3,000 positions.