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Biz Secures $71,500 for Local Workforce Training

October 21, 2015

Employees at five organizations in Tompkins and Cortland counties will be upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $71,500 worth of grants Tompkins Cortland Community College has secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program. The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training programs to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the development of new businesses in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local community. Locally, the training is done by Tompkins Cortland Community College Biz, the professional development and business training arm of the College.

This year’s grants from the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program bring the College’s ten-year total to more than $800,000 in grants. Combined, the grants have provided for training to more than 7,200 people in Tompkins and Cortland counties.

The College’s Strategic Corporate and Community Partnerships Director Martha Hubbard worked with local organizations to design training programs aligned with critical business needs, and then applied for the training grants. "A crucial part of the service we provide to our community is assistance in securing training grants," said Hubbard. "We work with organizations to determine needs, and then customize training programs to address those needs. With the programs being partially funded through the SUNY grants, the training is provided to the organizations at a fraction of what it normally would cost. It allows these organizations to afford the training they need to continue to thrive and remain vital in our community."

The training supported by the SUNY grants will assist five organizations and will be completed by June 2016.

The grant award recipients, location; grant total; and brief description are:
Byrne Hollow Farm, Cortland; $18,367.49; yogurt and fermented dairy products training
Envisage, Ithaca; $6,589.44; team development training
BorgWarner, Ithaca; $13,981.97; supervisory development
Forkey Construction and Fabrication, Cortland; $15,607.02; machinist training
Stork H & E Turboblading, Ithaca; $16,954.08; machinist training

More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting Biz at 607.844.6586 or