OCC Awarded $2.5 Million Grant for Agribusiness Food Processing Job Training


Onondaga Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train students for employment in the agribusiness food processing industry. The College will partner with employers, nonprofit organizations and New York State to develop the program.

“Onondaga Community College is absolutely thrilled that its application to the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program has been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of Labor. We are extremely grateful to Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Maffei, Governor Cuomo and Chancellor Zimpher for their outstanding leadership and support of our vision and application. Our efforts will focus on the workforce development needs of local employers and workers in the critically important agribusiness and food industry sectors, one of the priorities identified by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. Together with our many partners in business, industry, and in public service, Onondaga Community College will develop and offer cutting-edge educational and training programs that help to advance the economic vitality and growth of the Central New York region,” said Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill.

OCC received positive news regarding several other grant applications which will provide students with more opportunities:

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS)

OCC was awarded CCAMPIS support in the amount of $94,560. The funding will assist 20 to 24 low-income student parents as they work toward successful degree completion. Child care services will be provided at OCC’s Children’s Learning Center.


First in the World Program

OCC is collaborating with SUNY Oswego, Mohawk Valley Community College and On Point for College on a $2.8 million grant through the First in the World Program. The goal is to make college more affordable for students and families while developing effective practices for ensuring more students can access, persist in and complete postsecondary study.


Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC)

OCC, Syracuse University, the Syracuse City School District, the public workforce system, and regional economic development and disability service agencies are working together on OPC. They will partner with employers in high growth industries to prepare youths and young adults with disabilities for skilled careers. The OPC program will facilitate transition for youths and young adults with disabilities (ages 14-24) into highly-sought technical training, living wage employment in the targeted high growth industries, and on to a four-year degree and career advancement, as desired. The project is supported by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. The grant totals nearly $1 million for the first year.

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