Trio of Long Island colleges to receive $46.5M in grants for tech jobs, training facilities

A trio of Long Island colleges will receive $46.5 million in state funds to develop technology training, jobs and infrastructure, Gov. Hochul announced on Tuesday.

The investments will assist in making Long Island “the country’s premiere corridor for research and innovation,” the governor said during an event at Long Island University in Brookville.

“The awards announced today will help create jobs in cutting-edge sectors, boost workforce training, and support nation-leading innovation right here in New York,” Hochul said.

“As we attract and retain top talent through our investments in state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructure, Long Island is where the future is being imagined.”

Among the grant funds being doled out, LIU will get $10 million to help build a College of Science Applied Research and Innovation.

The 40,000-square foot facility will house new majors in cutting-edge fields including artificial intelligence, digital engineering and drug discovery and production, according to officials.

Another $30 million was awarded to Farmingdale State College towards building a new Center for Computer Science and Information Technology. The site will house seven programs that form the academic Division of Computing as well as modernized classrooms, a student engagement space, and innovation labs.

It will also include space for regional business engagement, for workforce IT training for Long Island nonprofits to train unemployed and underemployed individuals.

Stony Brook University was granted $6.5 million to construct a new Quantum Internet Test Bed, a network of five physical nodes created to study the future potential of quantum internet technologies.

The funds comes from the $350 million Long Island Investment Fund, which was included in the most recent state budget.

Previously, the governor announced a $10 million grant from the fund for The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to construct new state-of-the-art labs to support medical and infectious disease research.

“With these latest awards, the Long Island Investment Fund is boosting the region’s innovation economy by building on and strengthening our already exceptional education and technology assets,” said Long Island Regional Economic Development Council co-chairwoman Linda Armyn, who is also chief strategy and marketing officer at Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

“These strategic LIIF-fueled partnerships are working to create jobs and opportunity, both today and for Long Island’s future.”

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