Grant program could bring jobs to upstate New York

Posted at: 07/18/2013 9:35 PM | Updated at: 07/18/2013 11:31 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri |

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Senator Charles Schumer says he's going after a grant that would help bring jobs to upstate New York. That grant would give money to certain upstate colleges to help with educating and training people for jobs in health care.
The push is for $23 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. Monroe Community College is one of the colleges vying for the money. The school would get more than $700,000 to start a program.

It would mean MCC would be able to start a surgical technician degree program. Seven hundred thousand dollars may sound like a lot, but MCC says it is expensive to start up this kind of health care program. The school has to buy instruments and other training equipment. But officials are excited to hopefully get the grant money soon so they can start the program.

Laurel Sanger, Dean of Science, Health and Business, said, “It's very exciting times, we are very excited that Schumer has shown his support for our SUNY grant proposal.”

The grant would mean MCC would be able to offer a two year program for people to get training as a surgical technician.

Sanger said, “The folks that work in the operating room along with the doctors and nurses they prepare the patient. They hand the instruments to the doctor then sterilize and process the instruments.”

Laurel Sanger is the Dean of Science, Health and Business at MCC. She says she's heard from every hospital in this area about the need for this training. Sanger also says it will provide a great opportunity for people to find jobs.

Sanger said, “This provides an opportunity for displaced workers, veterans, for folks who maybe need a second career to come here and in two years complete a degree that would allow them to be employed in health care in a good job.”

News10NBC caught up with Senator Charles Schumer to ask him about the grant he is going after.

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Lots of jobs gone for nurse. People who need those jobs and need those skills. Get classes, train people, stay here in the Rochester area.

If Schumer gets the grant money for the upstate schools, it would still be a little while before people could enroll in the program, but MCC says they would work towards it as fast as possible.

Whether you like this idea or not, you can contact your lawmakers to let them know where you stand on the idea of the grant to upstate colleges. For their contact information, click here.

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