Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on NYSUNY 2020 Grants

September 30, 2015

“Congratulations to SUNY Morrisville as well as Onondaga Community College, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Oswego, and Upstate Medical University on receiving support through the fourth round of Governor Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

“These two projects involving our colleges and universities in Central New York will help prepare SUNY students for a higher degree of success in the areas of renewable energy, bioinformatics, medicine, advanced manufacturing, and the culinary arts.

“NYSUNY 2020 is high-impact, ground-breaking legislation that continues to support innovation, learning, and workforce training for our students while further strengthening SUNY’s capacity to drive economic development in communities throughout New York State.” 

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