By Matt Glynn, David Robinson
The Northland Workforce Training Center is forming a partnership with SUNY Empire State College that will allow Northland students to take online courses through SUNY School and earn a bachelor’s degree.
The college is also pledging $10 million to develop a five-year sustainable operating plan for the Northland Avenue facility, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday.
“When they walk through the door at Northland, we want to be able to tell them, ‘You can be anything you want,’ including earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree,” Cuomo said.
“Empire State College will work with anyone who walks through this door to achieve the goal they want to achieve,” Cuomo said.
The partnership will provide Northland students with access to a SUNY Empire State College program that allows students to earn college credits based on their work experience, reducing the time and expense associated with earning a degree, said James Malatras, president of the college. Additional financial aid will help students with college-related expenses, such as books.
The college’s labor school will also establish a regional hub at the training center to help refine the training center’s programs, including expanding apprenticeships into growing industries, such as green energy.