CEG works within our strategic industry clusters to help develop and deliver partnerships and programming to support a strong workforce pipeline and advances the careers of incumbent workers.

Our team and partnerships work daily to build a skilled workforce, strengthen our education and workforce pipeline, and cultivate a strong and diverse workforce ecosystem to ensure our regional companies can grow.  Below are several active programs and services available through CEG and our partners.

Manufacturing Workforce Programs

Online Business Training & Industrial Safety Training

Online Training from the Center for Economic Growth and Tooling U-SME offers a quick-start, progressive road map that allows manufacturers to build career paths for employees. This online training is intended to enhance your existing on the job training, to create a job progression plan and requires minimal preparation. It is efficient, effective training that has been developed with input from manufacturing experts. Learn more about program offerings here.

Click to Download the Pathways Project for Advanced Manufacturing Final Report

The Pathways Project is a collaborative between the Capital Region Workforce Development Boards supporting Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties and managed by the Center for Economic Growth. This five month long study analyzed the transferable skills between manufacturing and advanced manufacturing in the Capital Region; explored the opinions and needs of manufacturing CEOs and HR representatives; and, analyzed the interests, hobbies, media consumption habits, and career experiences of the region’s non-exempt manufacturing employees. Click the Pathways Project icon to download the final report!


CEG’s region has a number of workforce development resources, all of which work towards the greater goal of ensuring a strong pipeline of highly skilled, educated workers that can meet the needs of our growing industries. To ensure that workforce training is demand-driven, CEG works closely with businesses, community colleges and training institutions to identify and address specific training needs so that programs are tailored to available jobs.

Workforce Development Boards & New York State Department of Labor

  • Capital Region (Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady) Workforce Development Board
  • Columbia-Greene Workforce Development Board
  • Saratoga, Warren, Washington Workforce Development Board


Businesses in sectors such as healthcare, clean teach, advanced manufacturing, biotech, nanotech, IT, craft brewing and distilling

Community Colleges & Higher Education

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Clarkson University
  • Columbia-Green Community College
  • Excelsior College
  • Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • Schenectady County Community College (SCCC)
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Union College
  • University at Albany 

High Schools, PTECH & BOCES

  • Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School
  • Troy Riverfront PTECH
  • Southern Adirondack PTECH
  • Tech Valley High School


The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

CEG is a Regional Technology Development Center and serves as the NYSTAR-designated Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), providing business growth solutions to regional small and mid-sized manufacturers and technology companies.


Funding Partners