MEDIA ADVISORY: Community Colleges Announce Partnership to Address Workforce Shortage
Center for Economic Growth Identified Shortage from State and Regional Labor Data & Local Colleges are Taking Action
(TROY, N.Y.) –Recent State and Regional Labor data analyzed by the Center for Economic Growth has indicated that a low unemployment rate, combined with a continued increase in job creation, has resulted in a shortage of qualified workers trained to fill emerging jobs. Referred to as a “ skills gap ,” Columbia-Greene Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY Adirondack, and SUNY Schenectady are working together to address this issue and the workforce demand throughout the Capital Region.
WHAT: Presidents of five SUNY community colleges will announce a new partnership and plans to address the skills gap in the region. More details on the partnership and research will be shared at the event.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Bulmer Telecommunications Center Atrium
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave.
Troy, NY 12180
Campus map: www.hvcc.edu/campusmap
Parking: B1 lot
WHO: The following people will be in attendance.
o Presidents from the five partner colleges:
o James Campion, Columbia-Greene Community College
o Kristine Duffy, SUNY Adirondack
o Steady Moono, SUNY Schenectady
o Roger Ramsammy, Hudson Valley Community College
o Dusty Swanger, Fulton-Montgomery Community College
o Andrew Kennedy, President and CEO, Center for Economic Growth
o Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline for the State University of New York (SUNY)
o Workforce partners and industry representatives , including:
o Timothy Beckett, COO, Townsend Leather Co. Inc.
o David Fingar, Chief Engineer, Mid-Hudson Cablevision
o Bill Hart, Vice President, U.S. Business Operations, Irving Consumer Products
o Students, faculty and staff
Remarks will be given by President Roger Ramsammy, Hudson Valley Community College; Andrew Kennedy, President and CEO, Center for Economic Growth; President Dusty Swanger, Fulton-Montgomery Community College; Bill Hart, Vice President, U.S. Business Operations, Irving Consumer Products; and Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline for the State University of New York (SUNY).