Sens. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, both D-N.Y., announced a $7,999,226 federal grant Wednesday for SUNY community colleges for a new program titled the New York College Apprenticeship Network.

The program will set up 3,200 job opportunities through a pre-apprenticeship and training program for advanced manufacturing, targeting residents who are unemployed or underemployed. It will have a particular focus on helping veterans, women, people of color and other historically marginalized groups.

“The 3,200 apprenticeships created by NYCAN will incorporate cutting-edge training that merges on-line instruction with hands-on experience and targets key sub-sectors that are growing the fastest across New York,” Sen. Gillibrand wrote in a letter in support of the grant. “The project will achieve national replication through employer partnerships throughout 25 states. To date, 56 employers are part of the NYCAN project, along with all of SUNY’s 30 community colleges.”

Sen. Schumer also praised the project.

“This $8 million federal investment is great news for the 30 SUNY community colleges throughout New York State,” Sen. Schumer said in the news release. “With these crucial funds, the SUNY system will be able to rev up its new apprenticeship program and help New York students throughout the state get on-the-job training and more importantly, good-paying jobs.”

It is unclear which colleges, if any, in the north country will participate in the program.

“It is to be determined which specific campuses will receive funding at this time,” wrote SUNY news secretary Holly Liapis. “Community colleges would be the lead for the initiative, and may partner with SUNY’s state-operated campuses.”

Jefferson Community College declined to comment, saying it does not yet know how colleges will apply for the grant. SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam had no further information.

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