Governor Cuomo proposes new education and workforce training center in Syracuse

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SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest proposal in the 2020 State of the State focuses on Syracuse, and training people to meet the job demands in the city by creating the state’s first comprehensive education and workforce training center. 

The multipurpose facility will be taking over the old Central Tech building in downtown Syracuse. 

It will house a regional high school focused on “STEAM” curriculum, and will feature worker training and apprenticeship programs run by SUNY Empire State College, in partnership with other local colleges. 

“As the resurgence of Central New York continues, the region today has a record number of jobs that employers often struggle to fill with qualified workers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new high school of applied learning and workforce training program will create a pipeline of educated, highly skilled workers who are equipped to tackle jobs of the 21st century that are driven by technology and are growing in the region.”

Governor Cuomo’s proposal is a monumental step forward for the Syracuse Surge. The former Central Tech High School will be home to the state’s first regional high school and worker training center focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. It will be the centerpiece of the Southside Campus for the New Economy in Syracuse and a key part of our strategy to prepare people for the tech job demand already growing in Syracuse.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

The high school will serve approximately 1,000 students, 250 per grade. Students will be engaged in a rigorous and skills-oriented education focused on emerging technologies, project-based learning and collaboration. Curriculum for the school will be developed by local colleges including Syracuse University, Le Moyne College and Onondaga Community College.

The facility will also include a workforce training program that will offer high school equivalency, advanced technical certification and college degrees. The program will train school graduates and members of the community in applicable skills through apprenticeships with businesses across Central New York.

The Central Tech building where the facility is proposed to go, was last used as a school in 1976, and needs some major renovations. 

Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State proposal to locate New York’s first comprehensive education and workforce training center in Syracuse:


“Governor Cuomo’s proposal is a monumental step forward for the Syracuse Surge. The former Central Tech High School will be home to the state’s first regional high school and worker training center focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. It will be the centerpiece of the Southside Campus for the New Economy in Syracuse and a key part of our strategy to prepare people for the tech job demand already growing in Syracuse.
It’s an example of what we can accomplish when we collaborate. The Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County, our State delegation and multiple local partners worked together on a unified plan. The Governor listened to our strategy, and he is taking it to the next level creating a comprehensive education and workforce training center in Syracuse.
Governor Cuomo is leading the charge to make New York State and our region more competitive for the New Economy. He has again demonstrated his support for the Syracuse Surge and his commitment to make New York State a global leader in creating a tech-ready, competitive workforce in New York.”

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