Following a School-to-Work roundtable at Monroe Community College (MCC) last week, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul stood with administrators from MCC, Genesee Community College (GCC), SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo and other area schools, to announce her plan to introduce the Workforce-Ready Educate America Act, which partners local employers with educational institutions in an effort to create a job-ready workforce.
“Every year, Western New York’s outstanding educational institutions educate and train our students, but after graduation many of our young people are moving to cities with better job opportunities,” said Congresswoman Hochul. “If we create a partnership between our local businesses and our local schools, we can provide our students with the sufficient skills to meet the needs of these fast-growing industries, while keeping a trained workforce right here in Western New York.”
“Co-operative education is truly a win-win for students and employers alike,” said Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, where the SUNY Works Network is making co-op available to all of New York. “This additional tax-credit incentive for businesses to partner with colleges and universities as they expand their co-op offerings will be invaluable. Congresswoman Hochul is to be commended for her foresight and leadership in bringing this legislation to bear as the nation aims to double the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.”
Congresswoman Hochul’s legislation would incentivize partnerships between employers and educational institutions by providing local businesses with a tax credit for each student participating in a qualified technical training and skills partnering program.