Farmingdale State College has received a $790K grant from New York State as part of its initiative to train more clean-energy workers as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Climate Jobs NY. The grant is the largest awarded to any SUNY school in the program.
Farmingdale will use the funding to create a workforce-training program in the fields of renewable and clean energy, within the College's Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC).
"We will partner with Long Island industry to create specialized programs which train
individuals to be employment-ready in energy and environment jobs," said Professor
Marj Issapour, director of the RESC.
The grant was announced by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who was joined by SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.
"Funding for clean energy and workforce development programs at SUNY campuses across the state will help promote environmental protection," the Lieutenant Governor said. "These training programs will continue to support the industry and prepare individuals for jobs of the future."
Chancellor Johnson added: "SUNY is proud to provide high-quality, hands-on, and the most up-to-date clean energy education and training to our students, building a diverse, preeminent talent pipeline for today and tomorrow's clean energy industry in New York State."
The mission of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC) is to enhance public awareness of emerging renewable energy resources through a focus on applied research and workforce training in the renewable/sustainable and smart grid technologies.