U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,500,000 in federal funding for Hudson Valley Community College. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be used for a new Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) training facility. Specifically, this investment will support a new addition that includes classroom space, multiple advanced manufacturing labs, demonstration areas, student advisement center, conference rooms, and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) simulation computer workstations. Schumer said this project will help strengthen the local economy, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region.
“This critical federal investment will give Hudson Valley Community College the tools necessary to support and train manufacture workers throughout the region to adapt to the new world of high-tech manufacturing,” said Senator Schumer. “It is imperative that we not only invest in worker retraining, but in the kinds of programs that support high-tech manufacturing and the creation of good-paying, middle-class jobs for residents across Upstate New York. I am proud to announce this funding and will fight tooth and nail for New York’s world class educational institutions that foster innovation and worker training.”
“One of the best ways to ensure strong economic growth in our state is by training students for high skilled manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This investment in Hudson Valley Community College will create the opportunity for more New Yorkers to gain invaluable experience and be properly equipped for success in a 21st century economy.”
EDA provides funding to distressed communities to assist in their efforts to develop strategies, infrastructure, and programming important to economic growth and job creation. EDA grants are awarded based on the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.