Chancellor Malatras Announces SUNY EOCs and ATTAIN Labs to Fully Reopen July 15 to Provide In-Person Training to Expand Job Opportunities in Underserved Communities

June 30, 2021

SUNY Adds 10 New Free Certifications in Collaboration with Google IT Support and Microsoft Certified Fundamentals to Expand SUNY for All Free Online Training for High-Demand Jobs

Celebrates Significant New York State Investment in EOCs and ATTAIN Labs Across the State

Today’s Event Available Here, Photos Here, and a Video to Launch the Reopening Here

Bronx, NY – As New York State businesses and organizations reopen from the COVID-19 crisis and indicators point to an economic rebound, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced that SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) and Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Labs will fully reopen by July 15 to provide in-person training and classes to expand job opportunities in underserved communities.

SUNY Chancellor Malatras was joined by members of the Bronx and Manhattan Education Opportunity Centers, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Senator Jamaal Bailey, Assembly Member Nathalia Fernández, and SUNY Board Trustee Marcos Crespo.

SUNY's network of 10 EOCs, two outreach centers, and 35 ATTAIN Labs employ roughly 600 faculty and staff and represent a major effort to meet the educational and vocational needs of adult learners and people facing financial hardship—particularly those from underserved communities.

Chancellor Malatras also announced new collaborations between SUNY’s EOCs, ATTAIN Labs, and the new SUNY Online Workforce Training Center with Google and Microsoft.

Google will offer its IT Support Certificate program designed to prepare students with no IT experience for high-demand, entry-level IT support positions. Students who complete the certificate program will gain access to employment support services and job listings from an employer consortium of more than 140 national and local employers committed to recognizing the certificate. By earning the certificate, students are eligible for 12 college credits at SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Canton—nearly a semester’s worth of college credit, creating a pathway to a college degree program for those interested in furthering their education through various computer and technology-related majors, including computer systems analyst, computer networking, and computer science.

Microsoft is offering nine new certifications, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, database, and Microsoft 365 as part of its Cloud Skills Challenge, leveraging the new Microsoft Certified Fundamentals (MCF) platform. SUNY’s partnership with Microsoft dates back to 2008 and is currently part of the company’s Accelerate: New York program to provide a pathway to digital skills.

SUNY’s EOCs and ATTAIN Labs receive significant New York State investment each year, including $4 million for ATTAIN Labs and $66 million for EOCs, an additional $4 million in funding this year, and $10 million in capital funding announced previously this year.

“As we turn the page on COVID-19, and for historically underserved communities hit hardest by the pandemic, it is our responsibility as the nation’s largest system of higher education to make sure that no one is left behind in the state’s recovery,” said Chancellor Malatras. “The Education Opportunity Centers—community-based education and training—provide that opportunity, either to a good job or a pathway to another degree and one of our many great SUNY institutions. But SUNY couldn’t do it without the support of New York State, including those joining us at the reopening: Assembly Speaker Heastie, NY State Senator Bailey, Assembly Member Fernández, through significant funding; strong collaborations with companies like Google and Microsoft; community support from Borough President Díaz; and champions within SUNY like SUNY Board Trustee Crespo and North Bronx EOC Executive Director Duren, who are all here with us today. It is our collective effort that allows more New Yorkers to get free education and support that leads to jobs and additional higher education opportunities.”

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl E. Heastie said, “The reopening of SUNY EOC and ATTAIN Labs illustrates that NY is on its way to recovery. COVID-19 has torn through many of our communities, closing businesses and workplaces across the state. By continuing to invest in SUNY EOC and ATTAIN Labs facilities, especially during these trying times, the Assembly Majority knows that they will have positive impacts on underserved communities. These programs will give the access needed to grow and take advantage of training opportunities for in-demand jobs. As COVID-19 numbers decrease, allowing businesses to reopen, having these educational resources available aids in the social and economic recovery of our communities.”

State University Board of Trustee Marcos A. Crespo said, “Our Educational Opportunity Centers and ATTAIN Labs have a longstanding history of helping people in their local communities and offering a space where New Yorkers can learn and realize their true potential. These centers with trained, committed staff provide the necessary tools for our community to succeed, and that is in large part through strong support and investment from New York State. I applaud today’s reopening announcement and the additional training and certifications available to our community.”

Assembly Member Nathalia Fernández said, “This is an unbelievably important moment, celebrating the reopening of SUNY centers after shutting doors for the pandemic. Students are eager to get back into their classrooms, and with the added technology upon their return, SUNY EOC is once again bringing quality and needed resources to our community. I look forward to seeing our students continued success going forward."

New York State Senator Jaamal Bailey said, “The re-opening of SUNY’s EOCs and ATTAIN Labs is emphatic in showing that SUNY’s largest institutional motivator is its students. New York State and its public higher education system are being proactive in ensuring that students receive a quality of educational experiences that prepare them for careers and a life full of success, and that this opportunity is given to all New Yorkers. Guaranteeing that higher education is inclusive of all individuals is paramount. SUNY’s EOCs and ATTAIN Labs fulfill this importance through unique offerings and partnerships that ensure that cost is not a barrier to education through promising no-cost and debt-free programs to its students. I would like to thank Chancellor Jim Malatras for his work and dedication in making education a resource that is open and available to all. I would also like to thank all of the educators, administrators, and staff members of our SUNY system, who in addition to regularly showing commitment and devotion to their careers also serve as guides, advocates, and mentors to their students.”

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. said, “As New York reopens, it is critical we make sure participants are leaving school with the skills they need to enter the workforce. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned that hands-on, in-person learning plays a tremendous role for many individuals. The announcement that SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Centers and Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking Labs will reopen this summer with new training opportunities is welcoming news that will help participants expand and add skill sets they will need down the road as they advance in their careers, and it is great news for our borough as we work to bring the unemployment rate back to the record lows we saw prior to the pandemic. I want to thank Chancellor Malatras and the SUNY team for investing in our future.”

Torrence Boone, Vice President of Global Client Partnerships at Google said, “Google has called New York home for two decades, and we continually strive to contribute to our state’s thriving economy and workforce. We’re thrilled that SUNY will offer the Google IT Support Certificate as part of the SUNY for All training center. SUNY is an incredible educational institution, and with the continued growing need for tech talent—even throughout the pandemic—SUNY for All will help New Yorkers obtain job-ready skills for in-demand IT careers.”

Gretchen O’Hara, US Vice President AI & Sustainability at Microsoft said, “Microsoft’s Accelerate skilling initiative in partnership with New York, SUNY, and other government, learning and corporate partners is committed to closing the Digital Divide and creating skills for high-demand jobs. We are excited to work with SUNY to bring our resources together with student ambitions to provide access and opportunity to the great state of New York. Our extensive ecosystem of partners are working to help individuals develop a holistic set of skills and support those navigating career transitions and seeking jobs creating economic opportunity for all.”

Mitch Duren, Executive Director North Bronx EOC said, “What matters most to us here at North Bronx EOC are the people we are honored to serve. Hearing their stories and giving them that guidance and support to help them achieve their goals. This is meaningful work, and one in which we are happy to be back in person to accomplish. My thanks to the strong team we have here in North Bronx, and Chancellor Malatras and our elected officials for being here today and supporting our work every day.”

SUNY’s North Bronx EOC student AnneMarie Blair said, “After being unemployed for a year-and-a-half, I was looking for a program so I could upscale my education and skills, and the North Bronx EOC was there for me from day one to help me achieve my goals. The staff and instructors here are all nice and professional, and I want to give thanks to them for supporting me throughout my time here—they gave me the space, independence, and confidence to believe that anything I can put my mind to I can accomplish.”

Since 2008, ATTAIN has provided 13 Summer Institutes during the summer months, allowing labs to exclusively focus on Microsoft Certification training. ATTAIN’s Summer Institute has produced over 10,000 Microsoft certifications.

Both Google and Microsoft certificates carry college credits through the American Council on Education (ACE) and can be applied at SUNY institutions with aligned programs.

Students who complete any one of the Online Training Center certificates with a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential will be automatically accepted to any of SUNY's 30 community colleges or SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Canton, or SUNY Delhi. The application fee is also waived.

SUNY’s free Online Training Center represents the first phase of the broader, student-focused SUNY for All campaign, which also includes:

  •  Automatic application for the SNAP program for eligible EOC students
  • Connection to food banks to fight food insecurity
  • Outreach and support for high school seniors eligible for the Educational Opportunity Program, including application fee waivers

To learn more about the SUNY for All campaign, including registering or attending a virtual informational session, the partnership with Feeding New York State, and SNAP enrollment, visit https://www.suny.edu/sunyforall.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit suny.edu.


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