$100K awarded to Erie 1 BOCES for upgrades

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM EDT

By David Bertola, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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$100K awarded to Erie 1 BOCES for upgrades

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM EDT

The Erie I BOCES workforce development training center will receive $100,000 in state funding to launch and enhance its programs in 2014.

Patricia Riegle, supervisor of workforce development, said that the programs, made available through the Advance Buffalo training program, will teach mechanical maintenance, additional welding classes, industrial electrician training and CNC machining. Erie 1 learned of the allocation this week.

The equipment that Erie I BOCES has purchased over the last two years, some which was moved into their new 15,500 square foot training facility at 1526 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga last year, will be used to teach the classes. Overall, the facility allows for a 30 percent increase in the number of adults educated by BOCES each year, from approximately 2,500 to 3,250.

Nursing, medical billing, medical office assistant, welding, pipe-fitting and hydraulics comprise a sample of programs offered there.

Riegle said that in 2014, among the full-time programs they offer, they'll teach from January through June. When complete, she expects 24 industrial electricians, 30 welders, 24 CNC machinists and 20 mechanical maintenance employees will be ready to begin new careers.

Information about how to apply for programs and eligibility requirements may be found at the Erie I BOCES website www.e1b.edu or the New York State Department of Labor site at http://www.labor.ny.gov