SUNY Corning Community College will receive $1 million in New York State funds as part of the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards to the Southern Tier. The awards were announced in Albany by Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky.
SUNY CCC will use the resources to leverage a $4 million partnership with Siemens Inc. The public/private partnership will begin the process of making SUNY CCC’s Spencer Hill campus more energy efficient . It will also facilitate the establishment of the College’s Center for STEAM Innovation, where state-of-the-art equipment will allow the College to explore and expand public-private partnerships with local employers in order to meet their workforce needs. Faculty and industry mentorship in the Center for STEAM Innovation will prepare students with a rigorous education in the new and emerging areas of technology, design, and science that supports industries like advanced manufacturing. Academic programs to be incorporated include mechatronics with this grant award and digital design in the near future.
“We are grateful to New York State and the Governor for the continued support of our mission to prepare students for rewarding careers in the 21st century as we meet the needs of local business and industry,” said Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President of SUNY Corning Community College. “The Center for STEAM Innovation will be an interdisciplinary facility that will unleash the power of innovation and collaboration as a result of the transformative power that comes from working in synergy across boundaries. The programs that the Center will help us develop will further empower us to meet our region’s workforce needs – with new programs and new training techniques, including apprenticeship opportunities.”