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People interested in changing careers or improving their information technology or professional career can participate in “Project Excite”.

Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce received a grant from the US Department of Labor in the amount of $3,206,002, according to a press release. The grant is an information technology/cybersecurity grant that provides funding for short-term training in computer science, cybersecurity, or manufacturing; longer-term training in these areas; placement upon completion of training and on-the-job training to reimburse companies for in-house IT training for new employees, according to the release.

Alan Sessions, outreach coordinator at CDO Workforce, said he approached colleges to offer training and said Misty Fields of SUNY Delhi’s office of continuing education was a “big supporter” of the program. The college has set up a link for people to register for the grant and the courses it offers on its website, he said. All courses are completely online and can be started at any time. Students must complete their courses by June 2024 to be eligible for the scholarship.

People can take a variety of courses including Ethical Hacker, Information Systems Security Professional, Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Master 2019, Cisco CCNA Certification Training, CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Training and information security training. After class work is completed, students must take a test to earn their certificates, he said, and CDO Workforce will pay for the test.

Additionally, students can take in-person classes at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Sessions said.

Residents of Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties ages 18 and older with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply for the program, says the press release. Individuals can receive up to $5,000 towards tuition towards a certificate or diploma. Sessions said most courses cost less than $5,000 to take.

According to Sessions, “about 50 people signed up and signed up for the program. A number started computer training.”

In addition to individuals being able to obtain certification through the grant, companies can train employees and be reimbursed 50% of the employee’s salary during the training program, Sessions said.

Interested persons should visit www.delhi.edu/ceps/project-excite/index.php to register for courses and complete the scholarship program registration form.

For questions about online certifications, contact SUNY Delhi’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at [email protected] or 607-746-4545 or, for other Project Excite funding, contact Sessions at [email protected] gmail.com or call 607-432-4800×109.

Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_VickyK on Twitter.

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