SUNY Schenectady to add mobile classrooms for workforce development

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SCHENECTADY — SUNY Schenectady will create two mobile classrooms to provide on-site workforce development courses at regional employers.

The college announced Wednesday it has received a $1 million grant through the SUNY 2020 Workforce Development Initiative. It will take about a year to design and acquire the two classrooms, which will be self-powered and provide workstations for up to 12 students at a time in advanced manufacturing and healthcare instruction.

During that year, SUNY Schenectady County Community College will work with partners and area employers to set up programs and worksites through what will be known as  SUNY Schenectady 2U.

The college will contract with companies that want to host the classrooms. The initiative will focus on improving the talent pipeline for the companies; retraining adults who need updated skills to land jobs; and increasing high school students’ employability, as well as their understanding of career opportunities.

Programming will prioritize people from underserved backgrounds, veterans, disabled, at-risk youth, unemployed/underemployed and those traditionally underrepresented in a particular field, such as women in science, technology, engineering and math. 

It is expected to benefit hard-to-serve rural areas, as well.

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