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Workforce Development Funding Opportunities

Community College Workforce Development Funding Opportunities

Through funding from New York State SUNY supports strategic regional efforts that meet businesses' immediate workforce needs, address long-term industry demands, improve regional talent pipelines, and expand workplace learning opportunities.

The following programs provide funding for SUNY community colleges:

SUNY Workforce Development Training Grant/Contract Courses

The Workforce Development Training Grant program provides funding for SUNY community colleges to partner with a business or consortium of businesses to offer workforce development/ job training programs to address training needs in local communities. The minimum for a project is $500 and the maximum is:

  • $50,000 for individual project grants,
  • $75,000 for consortium projects,
  • $100,000 for demonstration projects.

The employer must contribute at least 25 percent of the total project cost in matching funds and at least 10 percent must be in the form of cash. The remaining 15 percent may be comprised of in-kind commitments.

All 30 SUNY community colleges are eligible to apply. This program has open enrollment.

Application and detailed guidelines available here.

SUNY Apprenticeship Program

Applications will be accepted from colleges interested in serving as a lead campus for advanced manufacturing ($3.0M), healthcare ($2.0M) and other non-construction sectors beyond manufacturing and healthcare ($1.0M).

The SUNY Apprenticeship Program assists in developing pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and other sectors (non-construction). In partnership with NYS Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Office and SUNY System Administration the program leverages the resources and capacity of SUNY community colleges, as well as other SUNY institutions, to provide expertise and support to expand Registered Apprenticeships in emerging fields, benefitting both workers seeking jobs and employers looking to fill roles.

All 30 SUNY community colleges are eligible to apply to serve as a lead campus. The program is closed for this round of funding.

Applications by colleges for funding of direct program activities has open enrollment.

Additional Apprenticeship Program details available here.

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Education Workforce Investment

Alternative Teacher Certification Program

Alternative certification programs are a pathway to the teaching profession that may help reduce time and cost barriers for candidates interested in a teaching career. Funds will be allocated via competitive grants to expand existing programs or develop and implement new high-quality, research-based, alternative certification programs. Priority will be given to programs partnering with high-needs school districts and those focusing on shortage areas identified by the New York State Education Department. This program will be open to Institutions of Higher Education throughout New York State.

Application and detailed guidelines for Alternative Certification Programs available here.

Upskilling Paraprofessionals Program

Teaching Assistants/paraprofessionals can be an essential part of the teacher pipeline given their prior classroom experience and strong connections to the communities they serve. Funds will be allocated via competitive grants to expand existing programs or develop and implement new programs that recruit and support teaching assistants/paraprofessionals in obtaining teacher certification through a registered baccalaureate-level teacher education program. Priority will be given to programs partnering with high-needs school districts and those focusing on shortage areas identified by the New York State Education Department. This program will be open to Public Institutions of Higher Education throughout New York State.

Application and detailed guidelines for Paraprofessional Programs available here.

SUNY Future Of Work Centers

The Future of Work Centers, formerly known as Job Linkage, will be established by SUNY community colleges in partnership with private sector and community-based organizations. The Centers will create new short-term, non-degree and degree-eligible credential programs to quickly address employer skill needs and prepare job seekers, especially those from underrepresented communities, for careers in high-growth industries.

All 30 SUNY community colleges are eligible to apply. The program is closed for this round of funding.


SUNY contact: Denise Zieske, Director of Workforce Development