SCCC receives $11.2 million grant

Funding will provide training for health-care field

Local students thinking about going into the health-care field won't have to look far for training programs and assistance with college expenses.

Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock announced Monday, Oct. 4, that the college is receiving an $11.2 million grant from the United State Department of Health and Human Services, which is the largest single grant the college's history. The funding will allow the college establish a variety of training programs allowing students to become certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, emergency medical technicians and earn degrees in health information technology. Currently the college only has a program to become a CNA, which was started during the spring semester.

Today's announcement will help us further realize our mission, as well as partially reinvent Schenectady County Community College and stimulate economic development in the Capital Region, said Bullock. "We are enthusiastic about the work that we do because we want to be responsive to the community. We are committed to our open access mission and to serve the underserved and economically disadvantaged."

SCCC is one of four institutions in the state to receive a grant from HHS and there were 32 grants awarded nationwide through the Affordable Care Act totaling $320 million.

"This grant means high-quality jobs for our community and real careers for students who enter these programs," said Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "This is a big win. We are the only community college in the state of New York to have achieve this award. It is a big boost for our efforts to help create new jobs and new opportunities in Schenectady County.

Programs established by the grant are planned to be offered in January 2011, with a goal of serving 600 participants annually. Another important aspect of the grant is the support offered to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and low-income individuals with income up to 200 percent of the poverty line, said Bullock.

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