SUNY Adirondack President Kirsten Duffy is applying for a $10 million grant through New York’s SUNY 2020 competition created in 2011. She is applying for money that will finance a 10,000 square-foot expansion at the school’s campus in Queensbury.
Duffy is creating plans to create a Workforce Readiness Center that will make more space for entrepreneurship and continuing education programs and nurse training simulation labs. SUNY Adirondack has worked with nearly 300 businesses to provide internships, training and other employment services over the past three years, but Duffy wants to keep expanding.
Employers in the health care, tourism, technology, agriculture and medical device manufacturing industries are looking for graduates who do not require a lot of training when they enter the work force, she told the Albany Business Review. The funds from this grant would directly support prepping students for the business world after graduation.
SUNY Adirondack also has plans of moving forward with a $20 million expansion of its science building and labs. Both of these expansion plans are in the early phases and it will be awhile before the college is ready to start seeking contractor bids.
It sounds like SUNY Adirondack is taking steps in the right direction to help prep its students for life after graduation. What do you think about its expansion plans?