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MACNY: State budget includes funding for apprentice program

By Eric Reinhardt (


DeWITT, N.Y. — The newly approved state budget includes $750,000 to sustain the manufacturers’ intermediary apprenticeship program (MIAP).

That’s according to a Friday statement from the DeWitt–based Manufacturers Association (MACNY) and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State.

State lawmakers approved the spending plan on Thursday.

The organization calls MIAP an “essential component of a workforce-development strategy to growing a stronger economy” through advanced manufacturing.

“We are grateful to the State Senate for including this critical funding in its one-house budget, and to all the Senators and Assembly members who worked to ensure this funding was in the final state budget, especially during these tough fiscal times,” Randy Wolken, president & CEO of MACNY, said.

The funding will allow MACNY and its Manufacturers Alliance partners to continue supporting the hundreds of manufacturing workers currently enrolled in MIAP. Those involved are working to advance their skill levels, while “helping their companies increase productivity and staff retention.”

“Given the tremendous success to date,” MIAP serves as a “key tool” for continuing to build upon the skilled workforce throughout New York, MACNY contended.

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