(WNY News Now) – Congressman Nick Langworthy (NY-23) has announced a significant milestone for SUNY Alfred State College of Technology, with the approval of a $200,000 federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). This funding is earmarked for the innovative Heavy Equipment Operations Program: Virtual Simulation Laboratory, benefiting an impressive eighty students.
Washington D.C. – Expressing his excitement about the development, Rep. Langworthy emphasized its importance: “I’m thrilled to announce this vital funding that will enable the SUNY Alfred State College of Technology to implement innovative solutions to improve education in heavy equipment operations. Through virtual simulations and hands-on training, we’re addressing supply-chain challenges and skilled labor shortages while preparing our students to succeed in this important industry.”
This project addresses supply-chain bottlenecks by acquiring four cutting-edge heavy equipment simulation units. These units will replace the performance of multiple heavy equipment machines, while faculty at Alfred State will work to develop a curriculum that blends simulation experiences with practical, hands-on training. SUNY Alfred State offers opportunities with 80 majors across various fields, from agriculture to business.