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Biden calls MCC model for partnerships

Brighton, N.Y. -- Amid "god awful" weather, as he put it, Vice President Joe Biden visited Monroe Community college's Applied Technologies Center Wednesday.

"Employers from across the region have told us they simply cannot find workers," Biden said.

He praised Monroe Community College for its partnerships with local companies that help develop training programs for so-called "middle skilled," workers -- jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor's degree.

Keying on advanced manufacturing, optics, and health care industry jobs, Biden said MCC has done a good job fostering meaningful programs that  feed companies with talented graduates.

"We'd like to see every student in the SUNY system have some kind of work experience, applied learning experience -- those are two things we are going to expand," said Nancy Zimpher, SUNY chancellor.

MCC offers apprenticeships in machining, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and automotive training in addition to accelerated courses in tooling.

"We're out of this recession and it's time for us to start to move," said Biden.

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