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Newsday – Manufacturers: $2.9M grant should produce more qualified workers

Updated January 17, 2017 6:00 AM
By James T. Madore  james.madore@newsday.com

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Long Island manufacturers are hopeful that a $2.9 million federal grant will help produce more qualified job applicants for hard-to-fill positions. The grant, won by Suffolk County Community College, will go toward new training programs and internships at local plants over four years. Nov. 3, 2016 Photo Credit: Chuck Fadely

Local manufacturers are hopeful that a $2.9 million federal grant will help produce more qualified job applicants for hard-to-fill positions, such as machinist, tool and die maker, welder and quality assurance specialist.

Officials said the U.S. Department of Labor grant, won by Suffolk County Community College in July, will go toward new training programs and internships at local plants over the next four years.

Troy Tucker, the college’s associate dean for grants development, said some of the funds also will be used to prepare the unemployed and underemployed for jobs in health care information and cybersecurity. Up to 145 students will be readied for manufacturing occupations; 212 will go into either health care or cybersecurity.

Regina Vieweg, chief executive of Check-Mate Industries, a stampings and components manufacturer in West Babylon, said, “We’re excited about this program because we’ve lost a whole generation of tool and die makers. . . . We need them, and this program will help.”

She joined about 60 business executives, educators and economic development officials last week to hear how SCCC intends to use the largest federal grant it’s ever received.

John Lombardo, the college’s associate vice president for workforce and economic development, said he is seeking feedback from manufacturers about the types of skills they are looking for in job applicants.

He also said he is establishing committees to help develop training curricula in tool and die making, quality control, human resources, cost estimating and electronics.

Lombardo, who runs SCCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, said the training is generally free to students. “We provide them with a foundation in manufacturing so that they are ready to learn in the work environment,” he said, adding the center offers certificate programs in a number of factory occupations.

“We can help a displaced worker up their skills at no cost to them or anyone else,” Lombardo said. “Someone can get back into the community with additional skills.”

The center has trained between 300 and 400 people since it started in 2005. The new grant comes from fees paid for H1B visas that allow foreigners to work in the United States, not taxpayer dollars.

Joseph P. Bryant, manufacturing director at Precipart in East Farmingdale, said he’s hired five graduates of the SCCC training center. Precipart makes gears, motion-control equipment and precision components.

“Manufacturing is alive and well on Long Island, and a necessity,” Bryant said. “You can earn a good living as a machinist. . . . The grant will allow us and others to have more interns because the money will be there to pay them.”

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US DOL  $3 Million Grant, Largest in Suffolk College History

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A $2.9 million cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technologies U.S. Department of Labor job training grant – the largest single grant in Suffolk County Community College history – has been awarded to the college, according to college President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The college will collaborate with Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, New York State Department of Labor, Suffolk County Department of Labor and independent business, including Alken Industries, Inc.; GKN Aerospace, Inc.; Precipart, Inc.; Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. as well as business-related non-profit organizations, the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island; Long Island STEM Hub and New York State Workforce Development Institute in executing the grant.

The $2,949,237 Resources and Education that Support Training Opportunities within the Regional Economy (RESTORE) Grant, according to McKay, will be used to train individuals by providing them with the skills and credentials required to meet the growth in cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technology.

RESTORE is part of the federal government’s national TechHire initiative that is funded by H1B visa fees and intended to train local workforces with the skills required by regional industry.

“The RESTORE Grant will allow our college to focus new and additional resources on recognizing and empowering residents in our region with the education and training they need to develop new skills and earn higher wages,” said McKay.

McKay explained that some workers may be just starting their careers, while others may be older workers who don’t have the basic skills to allow them to assume more responsibility and reach higher paying roles. Others could also be workers who may have the competencies, but not formal credentials, to excel at a more senior-level job.

The RESTORE Grant will provide the resources for retraining individuals and upskilling to earn an associate’s degree and transfer to a baccalaureate program for expanded career options. Bootcamp training programs will be developed and students will prepare for online coursework while learning valuable industry and job readiness skills.

McKay said the college envisions the RESTORE Grant providing training for about 350 students.

“Ultimately,” McKay said, “our goal is to ensure that local, highly trained and motivated individuals remain on Long Island.”

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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Long Island Celebrates National Manufacturing Day at Suffolk County Community College!

Photo l to r: NYS Senator Jack Martins, College Board of Trustee member Anne Shybunko Moore, Trustee Paul Pontieri, Jr.; Suffolk County Community College HVAC student Martin Lane (Lindenhurst), NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Photo l to r: NYS Senator Jack Martins, College Board of Trustee member Anne Shybunko Moore, Trustee Paul Pontieri, Jr.; Suffolk County Community College HVAC student Martin Lane (Lindenhurst), NYS Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay was joined by a host of state and  local officials, labor leaders, students and  manufacturing CEO’s, Economic Development officials, and students to celebrate National Manufacturing Day and recognizing successful CEO’s and creative entrepreneurs –  called makers – by highlighting the creative nature of the manufacturing , as well as the many rewards and opportunities available to those committed to operating on Long Island, such as a young and diverse pool of talent. The event was sponsored by The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and hosted by our college at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood at the Workforce Development Technology Center.

“Community colleges have been at the forefront of helping to redefine manufacturing in the 21st century.  We are certainly hopeful that the event and video will serve to inspire a new group of creative entrepreneurs—known as makers—to view manufacturing from a different perspective, ultimately leading some to consider launching manufacturing careers and startups.  At Suffolk, we are focusing on new technologies that can empower students and support entrepreneurship.  By emphasizing the connection between the College and career pathways, we are confident that skilled workers will be able to stay on Long Island and be able to afford to live here and raise a family,” said Dr. McKay.

During this event WDI and its partners unveiled, “Millennials in Manufacturing,” a video highlighting several of those Long Island Maker companies, their CEO’s and millennial professionals.  The event also featured a panel discussion exploring the evolution of the local industry, the rewards and challenges of operating a manufacturing business on Long Island, the new trend of millennials looking to work locally and the career paths that are enabling them to innovate, contribute to business growth, and advance professionally.

Learn more about worforce programs at Suffolk County Community College: https://www.sunysuffolk.edu/workforce.asp

Media Contact:
Drew Biondo
631-451-4776
631-403-0414 (Cell)
biondodr@sunysuffolk.edu


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The Long Island Makers: Millennials In Manufacturing at Suffolk County Community College

MfgDayThe Workforce Development Institute is hosting an event at 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, NY 11717 from 11:00am to 12:30pm on October 2, 2015 and is open to members of the Long Island Community.

The event will recognize Long Island’s Millennial Makers and launch a new effort to rebrand local manufacturing by creating awareness around the existing family-owned maker businesses and the millennials who are helping them succeed in the 21st century. A video highlighting Long Island’s Maker companies, their CEO’s and young professionals funded by WDI will be unveiled. The event will also feature a panel discussion exploring the evolution of the local industry, the rewards and challenges of operating a manufacturing business on Long Island, the new trend of millennials looking to work locally and the career paths that are enabling them to innovate, contribute to business growth, and advance professionally.

The Long Island Makers: Millennials Making Manufacturing video is an initiative of the Workforce & Education Work Group of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and was possible through the support of the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) a statewide 501©3 non-profit that improves the lives of working men and women across New York State by providing targeted programs in workforce, economic, and community development. – See more at: longislandmakers.com

Register here: http://bit.ly/1V6eYn6

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4/15/15 Suffolk County Community College Career &Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day

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Suffolk County Community College Career and Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day
  Michael J. Grant Campus, Health, Sports and Education Center 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY (Map)
8:30AM to 10:30AM Long Island High School Students
  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Workshops on Career and College Success
  • Campus tours and information about scholarships to Suffolk County Community College.

10:30AM to 12:30PM Suffolk County Community College Students & Alumni

  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Post a job online at Suffolk’s Job Connection

For additional information contact:
GRANT CAMPUS CAREER TRANSFER CENTER
Nesconset Hall-Suite One
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY  11717-1092
Phone:      (631) 851-6876
Fax:       (631) 851-6256
careerservices-west@sunysuffolk.edu

Sponsored by Grant Campus Career Center , Western Suffolk Counselors’ Association & Suffolk Community College Foundation

 Career and Transfer Fair Brentwood 2015-04-15 Employers

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Two From Suffolk County Community College Are Vanguard Award Winners

Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram
Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram.

Two Suffolk County Community College students, Shailee Joshi of Coram and Brianny Amaya of Bay Shore will be awarded prestigious Vanguard Awards from the Nontraditional Employment & Training Program (NET) at the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at SUNY Albany.

“It is without question that we need to significantly increase the number of females in the STEM fields. Brianny and Shaliee are shining examples that not only do women have great success but are the leaders in their field,” said Professor Peter Maritato who added that Shailee is an Engineering Science student and Brianny is studying Electrical Technology.

The Vanguard Student Recognition Award recognizes outstanding students who are enrolled in career and technical education programs that prepare them for careers that are not traditional for their gender.

Statewide, eight winners were selected from a pool of nominees.

The 2014 – 15 Vanguard Award winners will be recognized with a dinner in their honor on Thursday, March 26th; a breakfast ceremony on Friday, March 27th, and a videotaped interview with each of the awardees, which will be posted on the NET website. All of the festivities will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program. The NET program is committed to promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices. The NET Program,  is a program of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and is funded through a grant from the NYS Education Department. www.netprogram.org

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Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Career Fair 3/26/15

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Peconic Building Cafe, Riverhead, NY
This is a great opportunity!
DON’T MISS OUT!

Employers from various industries are recruiting.
Come armed with your resume and dressed as you would for an interview.

EMPLOYERS INCLUDE

  • Capital One Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Eutopia Home Care
  • Home Health Care Agency
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • US Army
  • Suffolk Police Force
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Hampton Jitney
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center

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Currently enrolled Suffolk County Community College students, need help with your resume? Contact Dr. Roslin Khan, Career Services Coordinator, Peconic – 209 (Ext. 2572; khanr@sunysuffolk.edu)

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Veterans Career Conference, Empowering the Defenders of Our Freedom 4/10/15

Michael J. Grant Campus, Health, Sports and Education Center

Suffolk County Community College has a long history of assisting veterans not only in maximizing their benefits, but also in supporting a successful transition to college life and achieving their educational goals. Suffolk stands ready to serve our returning Veterans.On April 10, 2015 we are hosting a Career Conference for Veterans.  This conference is designed to empower veterans with the knowledge and skills required to make the transition to college life or the workforce.

•    Presentations on Veterans’ Career Development featuring corporate speakers
•    Networking lunch with industry leaders

How can you help support Student Success?
Veteran Career Conference 2015-4-10
Conference Planning Committee
Suffolk County Community College

631-851-6252 / 631-851-6262

Volunteer Opportunity – Professional Clothing Collection, Career & Transfer Center, Brentwood, NY

March 2 – 13, 2015

Professional Clothing Collection, Career & Transfer Center, Brentwood, NY

We will be collecting professional clothing between March 2-13, 2015.

Drop off locations are:

  • Career & Transfer Center  Nesconset Hall Room N1,
  • Dean’s Wing Kitchen Caumsett Hall Room 105
  • Adjunct Lounge Sagtikos Room 220.

Michael J. Grant Campus Map

Items should be stain-free, dry cleaned & on a hanger. Clothing will be available to SCCC Students March 23-March 27
Any questions call 631-851-6876.

Updates available on Suffolk County Community College Calendar

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Suffolk County Community College Career/ Job / Internship Fair April 22, 2015

Suffolk Job Connection logoSponsored by Suffolk County Community College Ammerman Career Services & Cooperative Education

Montauk Point Room – Babylon Student Center
Wednesday April 22, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

All Ammerman Campus Student attendees will be entered into a drawing for several gift cards.
Following is a list of 2014 employers who attended the Fair. Get your resume ready and dress for success!!!

– Able Healthcare
– ACLD
– All Metro Health Care
– Amneal Pharmaceuticals
– Arjay Wireless
– Catholic Charities
– Coach Realtors
– Dejana Truck Company
– Eden II Programs
– Fastenal
– Federal Bureau of Prisons
– First Investors Corporation
– Four Seasons Sunrooms
– Globegistics, Inc.
– Group Practice Solutions, Inc.
– The Hertz Corporation
– Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport
– Home Depot
– Kleet Lumber
– Level Solar, Inc.
– MTA/Long Island Railroad
– New York City Police Department
– Notify MD
– Options for Community Living, Inc.
– Primerica
– Renewal by Anderson
– Riverhead Building Supply
– Slomin’s Inc.
– Solar Universe East End LI
– Suffolk County Police Department
– Suffolk County Water Authority
– Suffolk Federal Credit Union
– Tri-State Merchant Services
– Utopia Home Care
– WALK Radio
– Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
– Whitsons Culinary
– YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities

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