Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a plan to allocate $200 million for establishing four high-tech workforce training centers in upstate New York. These centers, proposed in her state budget plan, would be strategically located along the Thruway corridor, connecting Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo. This initiative aims to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in the high-tech sector, especially with companies like Micron moving to Central New York.
The Syracuse-based economic development organization, CenterState CEO, is set to coordinate the primary center in Syracuse. Dominic Robinson, the Senior Vice President of Inclusive Growth at CenterState CEO, emphasized the importance of creating a unified platform for both workers and employers in the advanced manufacturing industry. This approach aims to streamline the job-seeking process and foster direct interactions between potential employees and employers.
The proposed ON-RAMP network, integral to this plan, will provide specialized training for residents, focusing on inclusivity and tapping into underrepresented populations. Robinson highlighted the necessity of a diverse workforce to meet the sector’s growing demands, breaking barriers in an industry traditionally dominated by white men. The success of this proposal now hinges on the approval of the state Legislature, a crucial step in turning this vision into a reality.
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