Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced a $9.7 million award to SUNY Adirondack to establish the Adirondack Regional Workforce Readiness Center which will house extensive applied learning and workforce training initiatives to help prepare the region’s workforce for the jobs of the future.

The Workforce Readiness Center will work with local employers to train students to meet regional workforce development needs. It will house training simulation labs for the region’s healthcare workforce, create a single point of contact for small business start-ups and centralize the college’s workforce development staff and resources.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“As upstate New York’s economy continues grow, we must ensure that our workforce has the skills and training needed to fulfill the jobs created by new and emerging industries. This grant will allow SUNY Adirondack to build a state-of-the-art facility that ensures workers receive the training they need, so that new businesses are assured of a quality workforce.”

We strongly support initiatives of this nature. Many Upstate businesses that have jobs available have trouble finding workers with the skills they need to fill the positions.  Programs such as this one can be a win-win for employers and for potential employees.