Workforce & Education Initiatives
Together with our 250+ members and staff, we have a vision of leading Tech Valley as one of the most prosperous and innovative ecosystems in the world.
To achieve that vision, we work daily to build a skilled workforce and education pipeline; to cultivate a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem; and to ensure a modern infrastructure to grow local companies, attract new investment, and prepare our communities for growth.
Additionally, we serve as the NYSTAR-designated Regional Technology Development Center, providing business growth services to small and mid-sized manufacturers and technology.
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.
The Pathways Project is a project by 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.
Overall, the goals for the Pathways Project for Advanced Manufacturing were to:
- Analyze and identify the transferable skills needed by manufacturers in the Capital Region
- Create a defined pathway for individuals seeking to enter into the manufacturing labor market
- Provide key recommendations to help maintain a strong manufacturing labor pipeline
The CEG project management team (Amanda Vitullo and Michael Lobsinger) visited a total of 17 manufacturers in the project’s study region, and spoke to 17 CEOs and/or HR executives at each respective facility. We also spoke to a total of 46 non-exempt, manufacturing focused employees. Overall, we performed 34 hours of interviewing at across four of our eight counties. We also distributed a transferable skills survey via email to 200+ of the region’s manufacturers, which resulted in 44 responses.
Some of CEG’s key partners in workforce development:
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
- 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)