Questar III BOCES has been awarded a $1.654 million grant through New York State’s Workforce Development Capital and Pay for Performance Grant, awarded by the state’s Office of Strategic Workforce Development.

A student from our Technical School in Hudson practices his Welding skills. The course will soon be offered in Troy.

Earlier this month. Governor Kathy Hochul announced a second round of workforce development funding for 14 projects across the state totaling more than $7 million. The grants will support employer-driven, high-skilled workforce training programs and reward innovative approaches and best practices that reduce the barriers to participation for high-need communities. The $35 million Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings.

Questar III’s $1.645,985 grant will be utilized to transform an outdated facility adjacent to the Robert H. Gibson Technical School in Troy into a state-of-the-art training center that will house two high-demand trade programs: a new welding and metal fabrication program and the existing heavy equipment maintenance and operation program. Industry stakeholders have identified the need for the expansion of programming in these fields and have committed to providing internships and other experiential learning opportunities for trainees.

“We are pleased to receive financial support from the state to expand our career and technical education (CTE) programs for students. These programs prepare our students for high demand and high wage positions locally. We appreciate the continued support of our business, industry, and higher education partners in helping to prepare students for a wide range of careers, from aviation to welding,” said Questar III District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz.

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