The Business Review
Capital Region businesses must be willing to invest more in education—both financially and through human capital—if they want to build a workforce that can support local economic development.
That was the theme of a panel held today at TEC-SMART, the $15 million clean-energy, semiconductor and technology campus in Malta, NY that is operated by Hudson Valley Community College of Troy.
Public-private partnerships are becoming even more vital as New York’s schools prepare students for college and technical careers against a backdrop of less government funding, property tax caps and unfunded mandates.
“No one entity can do it alone,” Johanna Duncan-Poitier told the audience of 250 people during her opening remarks.
Duncan-Poitier is senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the education pipeline for the State University at New York.
Panelist Dan Pickett, CEO of nfrastructure, said his 250-person Clifton Park technology company will invest several million dollars this year to train and educate its employees, and make improvements to its equipment and other infrastructure.