COLONY, NY – New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the completion and grand opening of the Capital Region’s $30 million, 167,000 square foot BOCES Vocational and Technical Education Center.
The CTE Center contains new state-of-the-art labs and learning spaces and an on-site daycare, replacing six deteriorated and outdated buildings and consolidating training into one centralized location. The Capital Region BOCES will offer 25 workforce training programs in eight high-demand career clusters, including health sciences, construction trades and manufacturing, supporting the creation of a skilled regional workforce.
“The grand opening of this center marks an important milestone in our mission to prepare New York workers for a rapidly changing economy,” Hochul said. “A diverse and skilled workforce is one of our state’s most valuable resources and it goes hand in hand with our ability to attract the best companies with the best jobs.
“With $5 million in state funding, the CTE Center will bring state-of-the-art facilities, world-class job training and hands-on learning to the Capital Region and continue to strengthen the workforce of New York for generations to come. ”
“From state-of-the-art equipment to modern labs, this new facility will meet the region’s workforce development needs for decades to come by preparing thousands of students for careers in the skilled trades, healthcare, digital media and more,” Capital Region Boards of Cooperative Educational Services Senior Executive Joseph P. Dragone, Pd.D. said.
The CTE Center has combined laboratory and classroom spaces to support technical training for careers in: early childhood education, culinary arts, construction trades, HVAC/R, welding and metal fabrication, fabrication and machining technology, electrical trades, diesel technology, automotive trades technology, auto body repair and refinishing, video game design, game design digital media, cosmetology, criminal justice, retail services and global fashion design.
The new center also includes administrative and support spaces for career counselling, work-based learning and work/learning placements. An entire floor focuses on healthcare careers, offering five healthcare labs – two for licensed practical nurses and three for certified practical nurses – plus a sterile processing lab and a general science lab.
The recently completed CTE center will provide state-of-the-art facilities where students can learn the skills they need to enter the job market directly or continue their studies. The $30 million project was supported by a $5 million Empire State Development Capital Grant recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Board. The remaining cost of the project will be divided among the school districts comprising BOCES, which will be partially reimbursed by the state through BOCES assistance in the state Department of Education budget.
“The newly built BOCES Vocational and Technical Training Center is a vital human resource for young adults across the capital region. This state-of-the-art workforce development facility will allow students to explore their careers and interests before entering college, technical school, or the workforce. It’s so important to encourage young people to explore their passions and gain hands-on experience, so they can turn those passions and interests into successful careers. An investment in students is an investment in our future, and I am excited about the new opportunities this will bring to students in our community,” commented New York State Senator Neil Breslin.
“The lingering effects of the pandemic have left us with a rapidly changing job market and workforce, while the Capital District is gradually becoming a national hub for renewable energy, technology and services industries. semiconductors. The timing of this CTE center could not be better, as our residents will be able to gain the knowledge and skills needed for the careers of today and tomorrow, which will also support our continued economic development. Capital Region BOCES has been a loyal partner to Albany County, including through our probation department’s GED program, and this new facility is the latest example of their commitment to our community. I congratulate Governor Hochul on this investment which will only pay dividends,” added Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.