BUFFALO – SUNY Erie Community
College (SUNY Erie) President Dr. Dan Hocoy joined Stephen Tucker, President
and CEO of the Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC), and Howard Zemsky, President,
CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development, on Friday, August 16 to
celebrate the first SUNY Erie graduates during a recognition ceremony at the center
on Buffalo's East Side.
his address to the graduates, President Hocoy told the students they “were pioneers
and created a beacon of hope for future classes at Northland.” He encouraged them
to continue learning and become the “best version of themselves” as they advance
in their careers.
programs at NWTC are focused on closing the skills gap of the local labor market
while addressing barriers like academic readiness and affordability that often
plague students trying to earn a college degree.
the past two years, we've been working hard to launch Northland Workforce
Training Center, and I am now excited to see our first graduating class,” Northland
Workforce Training Center President and CEO Stephen Tucker said. “These
graduates are the first of many as we strive to close the talent gap now facing
our economy and build a talent pipeline for the future. I would like to thank
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Byron Brown for their vision and leadership in
developing the Center as well as Empire State Development, New York Power
Authority, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, The Economic Development
Group Inc., our Board of Directors and our funders."
State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky, who also spoke
at the event, said, "Northland's graduates are equipped with the
high-demand skills and training that are critical to success in the industries
that are a sign of Western New York's continued economic growth. Local
employers will now have access to an extraordinary talent pool that will drive
regional business development and further our goals of expanding growth and
opportunity across New York State."
SUNY Erie students completed Certificate programs in either Mechatronics or CNC
Machining. The graduates have been placed in advanced manufacturing positions with
Western New York manufacturers including; Moog, NFTA, Harmac, Lornamead, Allied
Circuits, Rexel, Lactalis, Viant, Ametek, Whittburn Electric, Niagara
Transformer Corp., and Buffalo Games.
2019 Northland graduates are: Istiaque Ahmed, Mechatronics, Deans List - Spring
2019; Jasmine Bonner, Mechatronics, Deans List - Spring 2019; Troy C. Bratten,
Mechatronics; Graeme M. Brown, CNC Precision Machining, Deans List - Spring
2019; Robert C. Carlock, Mechatronics; David S. Coleman, Mechatronics, Deans
List - Spring 2019; Mia L. Gillison, Mechatronics, Deans List - Fall 2018;
Vanessa-Marie L. Hall, Mechatronics, Deans List - Spring 2019; Anwer H.
Howlader, Mechatronics; Dylan R. McCarthy, Mechatronics; Shawntil M. Neal, CNC
Precision Machining; Fredrick Ngandu, Mechatronics; Marcus A. O'Bannion,
Mechatronics; Corey D. Perry, Mechatronics; Tabatha L. Porter, Mechatronics;
Jhanel N. Quarles, Mechatronics; Gary S. Rawlings, Mechatronics, Deans List -
Spring 2019; William R. Rolling, Mechatronics, Deans List - Spring 2019;
Christopher J. Ryan, Mechatronics, Deans List - Fall 2018 & Spring 2019;
John E. Spradley, Mechatronics, Deans List - Fall 2018 & Spring 2019;
Roderick K. Thompson, Mechatronics, Deans List - Fall 2018 & Spring 2019;
Karla A. Warren, Mechatronics; Justin A. White, Mechatronics; and Wilfred
Erie Northland student Vanessa-Marie Hall addressed her fellow graduates
stating that she is proud to be “part of the first Graduating class from SUNY
Erie at Northland Workforce Training Center. Northland provided me with a one
stop shop to walk into a new career and now, less than a year later, I am a
certified Mechatronics Technician.”
of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "Today's first class of Northland
Workforce Training Center graduates is yet another milestone in this game-changing
effort toward a better, stronger and more vibrant Buffalo. I wish the graduates
all the best as they use their new skills to build careers. The Northland
Corridor Project, which is still in its infancy, is already having an indelible
positive impact, on those who come here to learn advanced manufacturing skills,
and for this neighborhood, Buffalo's East Side and the entire City of Buffalo.
Thank you again to Governor Cuomo for supporting our vision to make Buffalo a
diverse and inclusive place of opportunity for all, where no one is left out
and no one is left behind."
County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "Erie County's workforce continues
to grow and our economic sector is strengthened with the graduation of this
first-ever class at the Northland Workforce Training Center. With an education
provided by SUNY Erie, I know these graduates now have the skills and tools to
succeed, building good careers to support themselves and their families.
Congratulations to the graduates and good luck in the future."
Hocoy noted that the relationship between SUNY Erie and Northland has been a rewarding
one for students, in addition to the community partners. "We are
incredibly proud to have partnered with Northland this past year to offer
academic programming that will lead to future family-sustaining employment for
our graduates. We look forward to continuing to work with Northland to provide
quality educational opportunities to the community,” he said.
Watch the video from the Ceremony: https://youtu.be/c973mMDzl0c