Cayuga Joins SUNY Initiative Supporting Current, Emerging Workforce

Cayuga Community College is joining other New York community colleges in an essential SUNY initiative promoting private industry apprenticeships to support statewide workforce development.

As part of the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY, Cayuga will work with local business and industry leaders to promote the importance of registered apprenticeships for individuals and the long-term value of these opportunities for regional employers. The College will host a series of virtual roundtable discussions this spring in Cayuga and Oswego Counties to explore increasing apprenticeships.

Dr. Keiko Kimura, Cayuga’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Fulton Campus, said the program reinforces the College’s mission of supporting students and the local workforce, many of whom balance work and raising a family while still exploring ways to advance their career. Registered apprenticeships are an under-utilized resource capable of supporting students and regional employers, she said.

“Apprenticeships are important in developing a dynamic, evolving workforce that’s capable of stepping into careers in our emerging industries. These opportunities help potential employees gain on-the-job experience and expand the available employee base for our local employers,” said Dr. Kimura. “We’re proud to participate in the SUNY Apprenticeship Program, and we look forward to collaborating with local industries to increase available apprenticeships.”

Registered apprenticeships offer paid employment and wage progression, industry-specific standard training and nationally recognized and transferrable certificates. For employers, apprenticeships create a pipeline of qualified potential employees, a consistent training program and increased employee retention.

Funded through New York State and a grant from the United States Department of Labor, the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY partner closely with New York State Department of Labor and are committed to growing a highly skilled workforce by combining on-the-job training opportunities with related classroom instruction. The program focuses on developing pre-apprentices and registered apprentices in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and other high-need fields.

Cayuga was one of 11 community colleges awarded a SUNY grant in late 2020 to participate in the expanding initiative. The College will primarily focus on developing registered apprenticeships in the advanced manufacturing industry, but will also promote increasing opportunities in healthcare and human services.

Dates for the Cayuga County roundtables are still being scheduled. In Oswego County, the three virtual roundtables are scheduled for 9 a.m. on the following dates:

  •  Advanced Manufacturing Roundtable: Friday, March 12;
  •  Healthcare and Human Services Roundtable: Friday, March 19.

Cayuga is partnering with New York State Department of Labor and the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County on both roundtables, as well as the Manufacturers Association of Central New York on the Advanced Manufacturing Roundtable.

Business and industry representatives can register to attend the discussion by contacting Cayuga’s Assistant Director of Community Education and Workforce Development Emily Cameron at 315-294-8527 or at

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