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TC3 Secures Nearly $100K in Grants for Training for Local Organizations

December 9, 2014

Hundreds of employees in Tompkins and Cortland counties will be upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $99,104.64 worth of grants Tompkins Cortland Community College has secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program. The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training programs to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the development of new businesses in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local community. Locally, the training is done by TC3.biz, the professional development and business training arm of the College.

This year’s grant total is one of the largest TC3 has received from the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program. In the last ten years of the program, TC3.biz has secured more than $735,000 in grants, which provided training to more than 7,200 people.

TC3’s Strategic Corporate and Community Partnerships Director Martha Hubbard worked with local organizations to design training programs aligned with critical business needs, and then applied for the training grants. "A crucial part of the service we provide to our community is assistance in securing training grants," said Hubbard. "We work with organizations to determine needs, and then customize training programs to address those needs. With the programs being partially funded through the SUNY grants, the training is provided to the organizations at a fraction of what it normally would cost. It allows these organizations to afford the training they need to continue to thrive and remain vital in our community."

The training supported by the SUNY grants will assist five organizations and will take place over the next few months, with all the programs completed by July 2015. The grant award recipients, training topics, and grant total are:
• Franziska Racker Centers- Meeting the Challenges of Growth; $6,720.00
• CBORD- Lean Office and Supervisory Development; $11,895.00
• BorgWarner- Advanced Capacity Building for Advanced Manufacturing; $48,021.12
• BinOptics- Manufacturing Growth Training; $14,841.00
• Marietta Corporation- Manufacturing Success; $17,627.52

More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting TC3.biz at 607.844.6586 or MMH@TC3.edu.


Cornell, IC and TC3 Launch New Downtown Ithaca Incubator Project

January 16, 2014

Over the past year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has challenged higher education institutions across the state to become even more energetic partners in the region’s economic revitalization.

Now, Cornell University, in collaboration with Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, is answering that call by channeling state support and the expertise of these institutions to create the Downtown Ithaca Incubator.

The site, just steps from The Commons in the Carey Building at 314 E. State St., will bring rising entrepreneurs from throughout the area – not just those already affiliated with these schools – to downtown Ithaca to work, learn and create a new thriving business hub within walking distance of the many resources available in the heart of Tompkins County. Working with building owner Travis Hyde Properties, the higher education partners hope to have the Ithaca incubator open for business in a fully remodeled second floor of the Carey Building in the summer of 2014. Plans now being developed by Travis Hyde call for the expansion of the Downtown Ithaca Incubator into a new third floor by early 2015, creating a 9,000-square-foot focal point for entrepreneurial activity.

“Cornell has campuses, programs and relationships that extend around the world, but Ithaca is our home. We thrive only if it thrives,” said Cornell President David Skorton. “Taking up the governor’s challenge to help spur more economic activity in the region is a natural extension of our long commitment to this community and our land-grant mission, and we are particularly thrilled to be joining Ithaca College and TC3 to make this downtown incubator a reality.”

The incubator project brings Ithaca College full circle, marking a symbolic return to its downtown roots.

“This venture is the very definition of a win-win situation – both academically and economically,” said Tom Rochon, president of Ithaca College. “Our students will have an outstanding opportunity to work alongside and learn from budding entrepreneurs, helping to inspire their own entrepreneurial spirit. As a partnership among the campuses and between the public and private sectors, the incubator can serve as a model for generating regional economic development opportunities.”

The goal of the new incubator – to unlock entrepreneurial potential and provide a thriving business creation hub in downtown Ithaca – is also a natural extension of the business and economic development mission that has been part of TC3 since its birth.

“Tompkins Cortland Community College has long been an innovator in supporting public/private partnerships. This is evidenced by our investment at TC3 Tioga Place, and by our commitment to offering programs, such as our popular Business Administration and International Business degrees, as well as our new Entrepreneurship degree, that prepare future business owners for success,” said TC3 President Cal Haynes. “The incubator is a fitting extension of these efforts, and we are truly excited about its launch and thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Cornell University and Ithaca College.”

The purpose of the Downtown Ithaca Incubator is to provide a focal point for entrepreneurial activity – a first answer to budding entrepreneurs who ask, “Where can I go for help?” A key use of the space will be for programming and events that support entrepreneurship and the local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The space will also be the home of incubator tenant companies, who will have access to work space, mentoring and resources. Companies will be evaluated for tenancy in the Ithaca incubator without regard to organizational affiliation and will be eligible for tax incentives through New York State. Upon graduation from an incubator, companies can take advantage of abundant available commercial and office space downtown, and many will qualify for additional tax incentive support through the new Start-UP NY program.

The Ithaca incubator also is one “node” in the new Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a regional economic development plan that received a three-year, $250,000-per-year award in December from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council. The total cost of the renovation, furnishing and future expansion of the Carey Building is estimated at $3.5 million. Funding to make this possible was secured through the State’s Consolidated Funding Application process for $1 million, with the remaining $2.5 million being invested by Travis Hyde.

Travis Hyde is also supporting the Ithaca Incubator through rent abatements.

“I love the idea that we are giving new life and purpose to a handsome old building that is a significant element in the fabric of downtown Ithaca,” Travis Hyde Properties President Frost Travis said.

Operational costs are being supported by the partner higher education institutions. Over time, fees paid by tenants will partially offset those costs. As is required under the state programs, the Carey Building will remain on the local property tax rolls.


TC3.biz Workplace Violence Prevention Workshop

May 15, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College is offering a new workshop focusing on workplace safety. “The 7th Sense: A Practical Approach to Workplace Violence Prevention and Personal Safety at the Workplace” will be offered in Ithaca and Cortland on Monday, June 10. The comprehensive three-hour seminar satisfies the training requirements of the 2006 New York State Workplace Violence Act.

The class is designed to help participants achieve a path to personal safety by addressing awareness, assessment, and response to threats and conflicts facing people in the workplace. It offers practical techniques for defusing or mitigating violent situations, and for promoting personal safety and mitigating civil liability. The interactive presentation will be led by Sandy King, a twenty-year veteran of the New York State Police. Her personal experience in public safety has been augmented by formal education in school safety, domestic violence, incident command, counterterrorism, and Secret Service Threat Assessment.

The class will be offered on June 10 in Ithaca and Cortland. The Ithaca session will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn on Triphammer Road. The Cortland Extension Center on Main Street will host a repeat of the program from 1 to 4 p.m. Either session costs $175, with members of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce eligible for a discounted tuition of $150. For more information or to register, e-mail info@TC3.biz or call 607.844.6586.


TC3.biz Secures Nearly $74K for Local Organizations

December 3, 2012

Hundreds of employees in Tompkins and Cortland counties are upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $74,963 worth of grants TC3.biz has secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program. The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training courses to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the development of new businesses in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local community.

TC3.biz worked with local organizations to design training programs aligned with critical business needs, and then applied for the training grants. "We specialize in customized programs," said TC3.biz Coordinator Susan Greener. "We consult with a company to establish the needs of the company, complete with a needs analysis. Our training is customized to the individualized needs of each company."

This training will cover a variety of topics, including customer service, leadership, lean office, computer skills, and decision making and problem solving. The training will take place during this academic year, with all the programs completed by the end of June 2013. The grant award recipients and training topics are:
Franziska Racker Centers, Advocacy Center, and Hospicare & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County –The Leadership Role: Resilience and Innovation
The CBORD Group –Sustainable Test Driven Development; Conflict Management; Leading Through Change; Motivating Your Team with the Help of MBTI; Decision Making and Problem Solving
Marietta Corporation – Excel; Supervisory Skills Series
Pyrotek – Shop Math; Excel
Square Deal Manufacturing– Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
Stork H&E Turbo Blading – Leadership Training Program
Tompkins Financial Corporation – Lean Office; Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High

More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting TC3.biz at 607.844.6586 or info@TC3.biz.


College Wins Adult Student Marketing Award

November 27, 2012

For the fifth year in a row, Tompkins Cortland Community College has been honored by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). The CEANY has awarded the College this year's James C. Hall Jr. Exemplary Program Award in Course Catalog/Brochure for the TC3 Center for Adult Learning and Training adult student viewbook.

The James C. Hall Jr. Exemplary Program Awards recognize innovative and effective programming and marketing activities that make a contribution to the field of adult and continuing education. The category TC3 won recognizes "creative and effective layout, graphics, and copy." The adult student viewbook is the flagship publication of TC3’s Center for Adult Learning and Training. It was developed in the spring of 2012 TC3 Graphic Designer Jennica Petrella-Baum, working with Center for Adult Learning and Training Director Martha Hubbard. The publication was edited by College Editor Bryan Chambala.

TC3’s Center for Adult Learning and Training was created in the fall of 2011 to serve adult students, from first contact with the College through graduation.


Leadership Tompkins Graduates Class; Opens Recruitment for 2012-13

July 5, 2012

Twenty-four people have graduated from Leadership Tompkins, the community development program sponsored by Tompkins Cortland Community College and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Tompkins, which just finished its twenty-fifth year, is part of a national program designed to stimulate commitments to the local community.

During the ten months of the program, participants are involved in seminars with local leaders from various sectors, including business, government, and education. The participants also develop and work on projects that are intended to improve their understanding of the community and the issues it faces.

Leadership Tompkins 2012 graduates and employers:

  • Christy Agnese, Ithaca College
  • Janice Arcangeli, Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga
  • Donald Austin, Ithaca College
  • Mary Beth Bunge, Alternatives Federal Credit Union/Alternatives Community Ventures
  • Shane Cameron, Tompkins Trust Company
  • Clarissa Coombs, Chemung Canal Trust Company
  • Kelsey El Fassy Fihry, The Shops at Ithaca Mall
  • Wendy Franzese, Cornell University
  • Amie Hendrix, Tompkins County
  • Erik Herman, Cornell University
  • Judy Hoffman, Ithaca City School District
  • Jessica Jones, Franziska Racker Centers
  • Muthoni Judy Kamau, Cornell University (Graduate student)
  • Shashank Kolhatkar, BorgWarner Morse TEC
  • Sean Kuplan, BorgWarner Morse TEC
  • Zachary Nelson, Greater Ithaca Activities Center
  • Karen Nocera, The CBORD Group, Inc.
  • Sage Peake, Cayuga Medical Center
  • Rebecca Roberts, CFCU Community Credit Union
  • Scott Rogeau, The Pak 'n Ship Store
  • Sharon Sanford, Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Jenna Stroud, Greater Ithaca Activities Center
  • Shannon Terry, Tompkins Trust Company
  • Jessica Troy-Smith, Elmira Savings Bank

Each of the graduates worked on one of five community action projects. One group worked on "Financial Security: Rural Families and Individuals," an effort to develop a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively raise awareness fir the community programs and services offered through Alternative Community Ventures, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to relieve poverty and create economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income people . The hope of this project is to put the tools for financial security into the hands of individuals who could benefit from these services.

Other projects included searching for ways to keep Leadership Tompkins alumni connected, working with Friends of Stewart Park to energize the community to invest in the park, exploring the possibility of a youth entrepreneurs academy with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and helping the growth of Tompkins Connect, a young professionals group committed to engaging young professionals in the community.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in Leadership Tompkins for the 2012-13 year, which starts in September. More information and applications are available by calling 272.3025 or by visiting www.leadershiptompkins.org.


Friends of TC3 Honored by Association of Fundraising Professionals

December 5, 2011

Two people with strong ties to Tompkins Cortland Community College have been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Finger Lakes Chapter. Arthur Kuckes was named Philanthropist of the Year and Larry Baum was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the chapter's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon last month. TC3 President Carl Haynes introduced Kuckes at the award ceremony; TC3 Dean of External Relations Bruce Ryan introduced Baum.

Kuckes donated $2 million to TC3 in 2008, the largest single gift in the history of the College. The money was used to establish the "TC3 Pathways" scholarship program, providing greater access to higher education for adults with limited means. Since the initial donation, Kuckes has given another $2 million to the program. In 2009 he was presented with the "Friend of the College" award in recognition of his extraordinary philanthropy. The list of organizations that Kuckes and his wife, Martha Wright, have supported is lengthy, and includes GIAC, Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Community Arts Partnership, Community School of Music and Art, the History Center, Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Family Reading Partnership, Challenge Industries, Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins Learning Partners, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Baum is a longtime board member of the TC3 Foundation, having served as chair since 2009. He co-chaired the Tompkins County Pacesetters committee during the TC3 Foundation's first-ever capital campaign in 2004. He also co-chaired the Tompkins County United Way 2010-11 campaign and is the current chair of the Cayuga Medical Center's board of directors. He is active in the community as a trustee of the Legacy Foundation, Finger Lakes Wine Center and past chair of the Air Service Board of the Tompkins Regional Airport. He has been honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Baden Powell Boy Scouts of America, and three times won the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Key Person of the Year award.

Kuckes and Baum were honored a luncheon held at Celebrations in Ithaca on November 18. Seneca Beverage Corporation was named the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year and Brigid Hubberman was recognized for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Non-Profit Leadership. Ithaca College President Thomas Rochon served as the event's keynote speaker.


TC3.biz Honored by State Organization

November 11, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, TC3.biz has been honored by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). The CEANY has voted TC3.biz the recipient of this year's James C. Hall Jr. Exemplary Program Award in Course Catalog/Brochure for the Green Energy Technology brochure.

The award recognizes "creative and effective layout, graphics, and copy." The Green Energy Technology program features workshops on energy efficiency design, renewable energy, and green construction. The brochure was created by TC3 Graphic Designer Jennica Petrella-Baum, working with TC3's SUNY GREENS NY Program Coordinator, In Shik Lee. The brochure was edited by College Editor Bryan Chambala.

TC3.biz has over 30 years of experience providing quality learning opportunities that foster the success of individuals, organizations, businesses, and our community. With customized training programs and non-credit workshops, both in-person and online, TC3.biz is a vital contributor to the region's economic well being. For more information about customized training for area organizations, or professional development workshops, visit www.TC3.biz or call 607.844.6586.


TC3.biz Secures $91K in Grants for Training for Local Organizations

October 6, 2011

Hundreds of employees in Tompkins and Cortland counties are upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $91,074 worth of grants TC3.biz has secured from the SUNY Workforce Development Training program. The competitive grants are designed to provide workforce development training courses to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the development of new businesses in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local community.

TC3.biz worked with the local organizations to design training programs aligned with critical business needs, and then applied for the training grants. "We specialize in customized programs," said TC3.biz Coordinator Susan Greener. "We consult with a company to establish the needs of the company, complete with a needs analysis. Our training is customized to the individualized needs of each company."

This training will take place during this academic year, with all the programs completed by the end of June 2012. The grant award recipients and training topics are:

Square Deal Machining – Blue Print Reading

Tompkins Financial Corporation – Career Development; Smart Work (Lean Office)

The CBORD Group – Leadership; Networking Essentials for Information Technology

Franziska Racker Centers – Front Line Supervision; Leadership

Taitem Engineering – Hydronics Distribution and Controls; Management

Cortland Cable – Job Instruction

Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce/Small Business Consortium – various topics

TC3.biz works with regional businesses and organizations to design and develop training programs, often helping to secure funding for the training through various sources. More information on customized training, non-credit professional development workshops, and grant funding is available by contacting TC3.biz at 607.844.6586 or info@TC3.biz.