NY dedicates $9 million in federal funding to workforce development

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State has distributed $9 million to state agencies as part of its Workforce Development Initiative, to support training at schools and other organizations.

In the Mohawk Valley, funding was awarded to Mountain Valley Hospice, Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and Valley Health Services.

“Our historic Workforce Development Initiative is helping to meet businesses’ short-term needs, improve regional talent pipelines, and address long-term job training needs of growing industries,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “Job training is critical now more than ever to help provide thousands of New Yorkers with the skills they need to Build Back Better and seek new jobs and opportunities in the post-pandemic future.”

The grants are federally funded and will support job training at 66 businesses across the state for more than 3,600 people.

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Gov. Murphy dedicates $100M for in-person reopening

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NorthJersey.com staff writers Charlie Stile and Ashley Balcerzak discuss the revised budget Gov. Murphy unveiled Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

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School districts that plan to reopen their classrooms this year can draw on a $100 million pot of cash to help keep their students safe from coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

The money comes from the state’s slice of federal stimulus funds, of which another $60 million will help bridge the digital divide for students who can’t effectively learn remotely because of technical challenges. Murphy announced the funding from the football field at Somerville High School, one day after taking the field at Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium to announce his budget proposal for the shortened fiscal year that begins in October.

“These are not just wise investments in our community, they are absolutely necessary investments in our future,” Murphy said from the end zone at Somerville. “We know

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Michigan dedicates $24M in tuition-free aid to front-line workers

About 625,000 front-line workers are eligible for tuition-free college under a program created Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Futures for Frontliners. 

The $24 million program financed through federal CARES Act funding will help people obtain technical certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees. Eligibility applies to Michigan residents who have worked in an essential industry outside their home from April to June and have not already gained an associate or bachelor’s degree. 

“These men and women have emerged as the real heroes in the midst of this pandemic,” Whitmer said during a Thursday news conference.

The program, the governor said, is the first of its kind and was inspired by the GI bill that provided free college tuition to veterans of World War II and beyond. People working in the medical field, manufacturing, sanitation, retail and grocery stores are among those who could qualify.

“Eighty percent of Michigan’s high-growth, high-wage

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