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SUNY Apprenticeship


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SUNY Apprenticeship


Doors to a Better Future in
Fulton and Montgomery Counties

An Apprentice is “one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers of a trade, art, or calling”.  SUNY is using its expertise and resources to expand our understanding of an apprentice as a proven workforce development option for most job sectors across the state.

The State University of New York (SUNY), in partnership with the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is supporting a project through Registered Apprenticeship in NYS, focused on engaging small, medium, and large employers in New York to secure paid Registered Apprenticeships in high-skilled, high demand, competitive wage occupations in the Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare Sectors, with expected expansion into other areas.

A $3 million dollar initial state investment will allow SUNY to provide opportunities to employers to offer new registered apprenticeships. Apprenticeships allow an “earn while you learn” model in every sense of the phrase. By being provided with an education (College Coursework) alongside the work, apprentices learn specific skills that provide a basis for expertise in that particular job.

Participants in the program are required to complete a minimum of hours of Related Instruction (courses) per year in addition to “On- the- Job” learning hours. The goal of SUNY is for students to take their coursework at their local college; Fulton-Montgomery Community College is already involved in this process.

Local Opportunities in Fulton & Montgomery Counties

SUNY is presented with the unique opportunity to have each community college offer critical support to apprenticeship programs based on the needs of the local community.

 FM will feature support to programs in fields that are in demand for the local area and its employers. Currently, these are in Advanced Manufacturing and Health Care – FM requests the SUNY funds through MVCC for Advanced Manufacturing (https://www.mvcc.edu/apprenticeships ) and Health Care funds are requested through Schenectady County Community College:  https://sunysccc.edu/About-Us/Workforce-Development-and-Community-Education/SUNY-Apprenticeship-Program

Students- Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

  • Little or no student loan debt upon graduation
  • Paid as you work and learn
  • Receive real work experience and a broader skill set
  • Earn a certificate/college degree that is transferable & recognized across the US

Employers- Why Offer an Apprenticeship?

  • State Tax Incentives
  • Apprentices have genuine interest in their industry
  • May reduce hiring costs by providing a streamlined channel to bring on new workers
  • Companies report higher productivity, employee retention rates and substantial ROI

 Pre –Apprenticeships

College courses may be completed for some Pre-Apprenticeships through the Individual Studies/COCAL Program. Students complete the courses prior to beginning their apprenticeship. Individual Studies/Cocal: https://www.fmcc.edu/academics/cocal/

EXAMPLE Pre-Apprenticeships




Please Contact:

Christie Davis
518-736-FMCC(3622) ext. 8163