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GCC, MCC lauded for creating public-private partnerships

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 8/28/2013 5:00:36 PM

Two area community colleges are being awarded for their efforts to create a pipeline of students ready to meet the changing needs of the area's workforce.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that would prepare high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. Students in the program earn an associate degree at no cost and will be first in line for jobs at participating companies after they graduate.

In the Finger Lakes region, Genesee Community College was awarded for an agri-business and advanced manufacturing partnership with the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Monroe Community College was recognized for a computer systems technology and computer information systems partnership with a regional consortium led by Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

The programs selected will receive additional funding and state support.

“We are making sure our students are more prepared for life after graduation by linking our the skills we teach in the classroom with the needs of 21st century employers,” Cuomo said. “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

The NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnerships is intended to provide nearly 6,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job, state officials said.

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