Fulfilling a need.

SUNY TEAM is a consortium of 30 State University of New York (SUNY) community colleges and more than 150 New York businesses and economic development organizations, including the Manufacturers Alliance of New York. The consortium was developed following a generous U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grant. The mission of the project is to design and deliver comprehensive training and education programs that directly address the needs of employers in industries such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing, where the state’s demand for a skilled labor force is at an all-time high and growing.

The SUNY TEAM Community College Consortium has served more than 3,000 TAA-eligible workers and veterans through New York State through seven newly designed and revised technical certificate programs in advanced manufacturing & machining, plastics, welding, optics, photovoltaics, CNC precision machining, and semiconductor & nanotechnology.

The intent of the new training programs is to help students complete a technical certificate program in two years or less. The training received enables qualified students to find high-quality, in-demand jobs within the advanced manufacturing industry sector.

Special recognition goes to SUNY Chancellor, Nancy L. Zimpher, for her instrumental leadership role in broadening collaboration and system change through the many initiatives of SUNY’s 30 community colleges, under the direction of Johanna Duncan- Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline. SUNY TEAM is proud to be part of the SUNY system, the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with nearly 463, 000 students and 64 colleges and universities, with a long history of affordable, high quality, industry aligned education. Special thanks also goes to Monroe Community College, our lead school, and its president, Dr. Anne M. Kress, for leading the way. MCC is an integral player in the region’s economic and workforce development system, with a long history of supporting employers and industry professional associations with training and other jointly sponsored activities.

Dr. Kress and MCC established the Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services Division (EDIWS) to oversee all career and technical education and workforce development. Vice President for EDIWS, Todd Oldham, oversees the SUNY TEAM project. Mr. Oldham has served as a senior-level administrator for more than 15 years and is an active board member of the Monroe County WIB.


Meet the SUNY TEAM project leads:

Cortney Harris
Project Director
Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services
1057 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY  14623
585-262-1479 (Phone)
585-292-3830 (Fax)


Ann Kuhn
Operations Coordinator
Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services
1057 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
585-262-1478 (Phone)
585-292-3830 (Fax)