ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has launched a statewide campaign to support SUNY’s new free online training center, designed to give New Yorkers “a clear path” to university and careers in the post-COVID economy. Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed the new online training facility during Tuesday’s state of the state address.
Registration is open for the spring semester, which begins February 1. Students who complete one of the online training center certificates with a high school diploma or high school equivalency will automatically be accepted into one of SUNY’s 30 community colleges or SUNY Empire State University. Administrative fees are also waived.
Even before the pandemic, it was predicted that 65% of jobs in the United States would require post-secondary education through 2020, and recent projections show that this would increase to 70% by 2027. Currently, more than 2.2 million New Yorkers aged 25 to 44 do not have a degree, and 2.6 million between 45 and 64 do not.
SUNY’s free online training center includes programs offered by the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD), Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking Labs (ATTAIN ) and Educational Opportunities Centers (EOCs). These online programs, paired with successful coaches, will help more New Yorkers earn graduate degrees. Plus, small business owners can start or grow their businesses with EntreSkills, the free online entrepreneurial training course developed by the New York Small Business Development Center.
The free online training center offers free college preparation certifications, such as high school equivalency; Allied Health, such as electronic health records and the pharmacy technician; Commercial and industrial certification, such as advanced manufacturing. Eligible students must be a resident of New York State from a low- or moderate-income household, without a post-secondary degree, who may be unemployed or recently laid off.
To find out more, register or attend a virtual information session, visit SUNY for everyone online.