MALTA, NY – Congressman Paul Tonko toured several facilities to raise awareness and defend his community fundraising bill which was recently submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for federal fundraising contributions. Each of the facilities visited is one of the 15 that have been selected for the project.
The FY2023 Community Funding Project aims to raise more than $2 million for sites around the Capital District, providing opportunities for growth and continued community services. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, is optimistic that the draft will be on President Biden’s desk for signing by the end of the year.
The second stop on Tonko’s tour was the Hudson Valley Community College’s (HVCC) Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies, or TEC-SMART, located on the Matla campus of the College, commonly referred to as HVCC North. The TEC-SMART lab is undergoing a major upgrade this summer, with the construction of a new two-story building equipped with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms next to the current structure. The inauguration of the new building will take place on June 29.
“The purpose of this tour is to encourage public awareness, for you to record my voice and share it with others, which I hope will increase advocacy,” Tonko said.
As part of Tonko’s Community Funding Project, any money raised for HVCC North will go not only to the resources of the new TEC-SMART building, but also to the resources of the entire campus, allowing it to better serve more students.
“We are so grateful to you and your team for making this possible,” HVCC President Dr. Roger Ramsammy told Tonko. “We believe the future of our Capital District is going to happen here. This expansion will be a state-of-the-art building. You hear people talking about it, but when you’re next to Global Foundries, which is known around the world for being the best in the business, to say we’re cutting edge actually means something – we have this standard to live up to.
HVCC North is located adjacent to the Global Foundries FAB 8 facility and actively promotes a healthy working relationship with the industry giant. Campus-taught programs train students for the STEM workforce, and Global Foundries regularly hires TEC-SMART graduates.
“We currently have 3,000 employees and we want to add 1,000 more,” commented Jordan Steller, a Global Foundries employee who also sits on the HVCC Foundation board. “A project like this is a great opportunity. We currently have about 200 HVCC graduates working at Global Foundries, and I would like to see that number double and triple quickly.
“It’s very, very essential,” Tonko said of the funding he advocates for the campus. “We need to focus on human infrastructure. Today we are talking about something that will support this human infrastructure. You can invest in policies and ideas, but you need a pool of workers to support them. This new building will create more enrollment opportunities, more people who will pave the way for a career in STEM.
Malta City Supervisor Mark Hammon pledged continued support for HVCC North, noting that “things like this remind us that there is still hope and a lot of good things remain. in our country. We are proud to have you here.
“We recognize the opportunities that HVCC North will bring to our residents,” agreed Saratoga County Deputy Administrator Rich Harris. “I congratulate Dr. Ramsammy and his team and thank Congressman Tonko for his fierce advocacy.”
Ramsammy noted that the direction HVCC North is heading in, with such a focus on STEM careers, may not be how things have always been – but that’s a good thing, and with Tonko’s support. , the accent can be even stronger.
“Tuli Kupferberg once said ‘when patterns are broken, new worlds emerge’, and that’s what we do today,” Ramsammy said. “We are innovating on something new. It’s not the norm, but we believe it’s the future.