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SUNY Niagara to Offer PPE Training for Manufacturing Industry

By News Archive

May 15, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Workforce Development Department in conjunction with the SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center will offer virtual training classes for businesses throughout Western New York to prepare for reopening. This awareness level training is geared for employees that will be returning to the workplace and may be responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of their workspace. The objective of this course is to raise the awareness of COVID-19 with information and simple steps that employees can take to avoid spreading the disease within the workplace or at home. This interactive web-based training provides many opportunities for students to engage in informative Q&A’s.   “This is a great training for businesses who are unsure of the current standards and who want to be prepared with a plan for how to reopen their business”, according to Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The instructors are all safety-certified trainers and are up-to-date on regulatory changes issued by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).”

Presentations are industry-specific and the first set of courses will be focused on the manufacturing industry. The online classes for the manufacturing industry will be offered on the following days and times:

May 27th 8-10:30am
May 27th 1-3:30pm
May 28th 8-10:30am
May 28th 1-3:30pm

SUNY Niagara Workforce Development is committed to education and the advancement of our local economy. “I think it is important to keep the costs low for our area employers as they begin to reopen, so the cost of training is $40 per person for the two and half-hour class”, said Kwandrans.

Additional training will be announced in other areas including training for the retail industry and the hospitality industry.  For more information, please call SUNY Niagara Workforce Development at 716-614-6236 or visit the website www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

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SUNY Niagara’s Workforce Development Program to Offer Google IT Training

By News Archive

May 8, 2020

The Workforce Development Department at SUNY Niagara is training individuals who are looking for new opportunities, especially those who seek to work from home. Registration is currently open for Google’s Information Technology (IT) Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google itself. The program can prepare learners for entry-level jobs in IT settings and graduates of the program could work in a range of environments from small businesses to globalized firms, in-person or remotely. The virtual program kicks off on June 15. Interested parties can enroll now by visiting http://niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/comp-training/.

This non-credit bearing course can be completed in under 12 months and prior Information Technology experience is not required. The program includes five parts which explore troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security. The course utilizes a dynamic mix of video lectures, quizzes, and hands-on labs. Participants who enroll through SUNY Niagara’s Workforce Development Office will be led by an instructor instead of a self-taught format which is offered in other regions.

“Because many jobs in IT can be done from home, presently and through the coming months, now is the perfect time to enroll in the Google IT Certificate program at SUNY Niagara. In our current state, the Workforce Development Department is looking to offer new and in-demand training. This particular course will teach people new skills and will help create opportunities for those who need to shift careers, in turn helping to keep our economy moving,” explains Karen Kwandrans, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. Karen adds, “Another exciting component is that the program is eligible for tuition funding through Niagara’s WorkSourceOne.” Without tuition assistance, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate is $1,500.

For more information about the Google IT Support Professional Certificate or other Continuing Professional Education, community classes, personal enrichment activities, and non-degree programs to meet your career goals, call SUNY Niagara’s Workforce Development Department at 716-614-6236.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Pharmacy Technician training

Short term training for long term success at SUNY Niagara

By News Archive

February 14, 2020

SUNY Niagara now has additional opportunities for students looking to further their education and start a successful career.  The Gaining Occupational Academic and Leadership Skills (G.O.A.L.S.) Program funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant offers essential hands-on training and practical skills to people between the ages of 18-24 in the following programs: Hospitality, Machine Tool 1, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician, and Pre-Apprenticeship.  These training programs are shorter than a typical degree and certificate programs, with classes offered in the evenings.

The WIOA grant provides students the opportunity to receive tuition and textbook assistance, NFTA transportation, academic support, monetary incentives, counseling and career guidance, and guaranteed interviews upon completion of the course.  Additional benefits of the program include networking opportunities, job and college readiness training, credit for prior learning, and state certifications that lead to employment with higher wages and careers in high-demand occupations.

The first cohort of G.O.A.L.S. students currently in the Pharmacy Technician program is learning the skills necessary to become assistants to Pharmacists in a variety of settings including retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, the insurance industry, and the pharmaceutical sales industry.  Students complete 73 hours of instruction that prepare them for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.  The license obtained from this exam is required to work in 24 states and is recognized in all 50 states as the standard for providing higher wages and access to a wider array of careers in those states.

For more information on the G.O.A.L.S. Program at SUNY Niagara, visit niagaracc.suny.edu/wd.  To get details on program eligibility, contact Rhonda Bivins-Talley, WIOA Grant Program Director at 716-614-6284 or via email at rbivins-talley@niagaracc.suny.edu.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu