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$2 million grant for Morrisville State

Washington - Congressman John M. McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor) announced today that he has secured a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for Morrisville State College. The grant award will be used to create a Renewable Energy Training Center and associated programs that will serve as a workforce and economic development catalyst in the Central New York area.

This type of investment in the technologies of the future is a commitment to the future of Central New York, said McHugh.

I want to sincerely thank Congressman McHugh for his help securing this grant award from the Department of Labor for Morrisville. I am confident this will bring a great deal of value to Central New York, and Congressman McHugh supported Morrisville every step of the way, said Raymond Cross, President of SUNY Morrisville. I look forward to implementing this important program, and making Morrisville a center of learning for renewable energy.

The Department of Labor selected 69 grant recipients from 341 applicants under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative. The initiative is designed to improve the ability of community colleges to provide their regions' workers with the skills needed to enter growing industries in their hometowns.

Morrisville will develop a Renewable Energy Training Center with the $1,999,639 grant award. The Center will be created to provide courses and modules for unemployed youth, adults, dislocated, and existing workers, and the curriculum will be based around employer-identified skill gaps. Additionally, Morrisville will adapt and create new college courses, as well as a new degree program in renewable energy. Morrisville will also target outreach to K-12 teachers and counselors, and pre-college dual credit programs and articulation agreements will be created under the grant award.

Morrisville projects the following outcomes for the program:

Increase enrollment in training programs by 1,380

Completers of the various programs will total 1,265, with 425 newly entering employment (others are already employed and enhancing skills)

Average earnings will increase by $2,000 per year, and 85% of incumbent workers will be promoted or see wage gains

For more information about the Department of Labor's grant program, visit: http://63.88.32.17/whatsnew/new_releases/2008-03-11.cfm. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit: www.morrisville.edu.

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