Lt. Governor Tours SUNY Cobleskill, Emphasizes Ag Workforce Development Programs

From The Mountain Eagle, 08/25/16 — New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul visited SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday morning to tour the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, which houses innovative programs in agriculture, pioneering research and applications. The Lieutenant Governor shared her vision for economic development in the region, and heard how SUNY Cobleskill is playing a major leadership role in these efforts.

Hochul used the opportunity to highlight agriculture workforce development programs that support the state’s agriculture industry with innovative, applied-learning approaches to education. SUNY Cobleskill’s Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, opened in 2014, embodies a modern, multidisciplinary approach to agriculture by bringing five academic programs under one roof.

“As I travel the State, I hear often that skilled workers are in high demand in a wide range of industries, but especially in agriculture,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. “The Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill, a state-of-the-art facility supported by the Regional Economic Development Council, is playing a major role in training the workers of tomorrow. With programs like the Northeast’s largest fish hatchery to greenhouses and other hands-on classrooms, students are able to graduate with skills that will carry them through their career.”

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