College hopes to meet needs of community businesses
Four new academic programs and one redeveloped program will be offered starting the Fall 2010 semester at Schenectady County Community College in hopes of better preparing students for opportunities in the workforce.
The four latest course are Air Traffic Control A.A.S., Alternative Energy Technology A.A.S., Criminal Justice A.S. and Storage Battery Technology Certificate. Their Computer Networking and Systems A.A.S. program has been revamped and renamed Computer Networking Systems and Cyber Security.
The new programs exemplify the College's role in partnering with local business and industry, such as GE, and remaining on the cutting edge of new opportunities in the workforce, said Denise Murphy McGraw, chair of SCCC board of trustees. "We are working directly with local industry to offer programs in emerging fields benefiting our students, the community and the economy."
In April GE bestowed a $50,000 grant during the inauguration of college President Quintin Bullock to assist in buying equipment and other resources for the new advanced battery technologies and alterative energy academic programs.
"The college worked very closely with GE officals to develop coursework for GE's needs," said Bullock.
There were several meetings held to finalize the curriculum of the academic program and the college took advantage of experts at GE to identify equipment needs, said Bullock. The immediate cost for the course will be staffing, but Bullock was currently unsure how much equipments costs will total.
"We anticipate they will continue to hire our graduates for many years to come," said Bullock. "We monitor the market and as long as there is a need for a program we offer it."
While GE estimates a need for 350 technicians at their upcoming sodium storage battery plant in Schenectady, Bullock said there is an ongoing need to provide trained people in this particular career.