College seeks partner for rural training pilot

Finger Lakes Community College is seeking local organizations to collaborate on a project to provide live online training at sites throughout the College’s service area of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.

FLCC is one of five community colleges from across the nation selected to share in a $1.9 million grant to design pilot programs to support rural students and promote economic growth through education and training.

By January 2022, FLCC hopes to begin a pilot program in which students can attend classes a short drive or walking distance from home and learn specific skills sought by an employer in that same community.

“Transportation and broadband come up over and over again in discussions about the factors that prevent people from taking advantage of training opportunities,” said Todd Sloane, FLCC’s director of workforce development. “This project is meant to help people get started on a path to upward mobility.”

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