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Funding Approved by Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Bill Will Now Be Sent To the Full Senate Appropriations Committee

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 Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee has approved $200,000 to the FultonMontgomery Community College for the establishment of a Center for Engineering and Technology. The funding was approved as part of the Senate Appropriation process, and has been included in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill. The bill was passed out of subcommittee and now will need to be approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, after which it will be sent to the Senate floor, and then to the president for signature. 

"It is critical that we provide Capital Region students with the opportunity to succeed in math and science," said Schumer. "The new Center for Engineering and Technology will give our students a leg up, helping them gain an edge in the increasingly competitive job market.  Furthermore, this investment will promote economic growth in technologyintensive industries in the region.  I will continue to push for federal funds to keep Upstate New York at the forefront of technology."

FultonMontgomery Community College's Center for Engineering and Technology will provide enhanced opportunities for workforce development in the western part of New York State's Tech Valley Region. The Center will expand on existing programs in Engineering Science, Electrical Technology, Computer Technology, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at FultonMontgomery Community College. This expansion will be specifically aimed at the state's economic growth in a number of hightechnology areas, including nanotechnology, materials science, flexible manufacturing and related industries. The project aims to introduce new courses and course modules supporting economic growth in nanotechnology, materials science and hightech manufacturing sectors, increase student enrollment, and increase the number of local residents who are prepared to become part of the state's engineering and technology workforce.

Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.

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