The University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) leverages the academic resources of SUNY to promote the acquisition of education and skills for all New York State residents. UCAWD operates 10 Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC),two College/Career Counseling and Outreach Centers, and thirty-five Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs.

UCAWD has been charged with providing academic preparation services and workforce development programs, and is designed to be:

  • A primary resource for promoting and providing quality educational opportunities for under-served residents of New York;
  • A learder in promoting the revitalization of urban communities and strengthening urban families;
  • An authority on workforce development and academic preparedness initiatives; and
  • SUNY's program dedicated to building New York State's economy through education, training and workforce development services.


Resource Development
  • Pursue external funding sources for program development.
  • Maximize resources for targeted programs and services.
Program Development
  • Develop system wide instructional models for academic preparedness.
  • Promote system wide workforce development models that meet evolving industry standards and needs.
  • Focus use of SUNY's resources for community revitalization, strengthening families, intergenerational education and economic development.
  • Encourage and stregthen program research.
Program Effectiveness
  • Ensure quality data collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Increase program accountability through well-defined standards, continuous monitoring and improvement.
  • Develop publications that articulate program strengths and accomplishments.
  • Relate funding to program performance, standards and outcomes.
Community Outreach
  • Develop partnerships with urban and rural community organizations, educational and training agencies, business and industry and governmental entities.
  • Connect program operations and participants to economic development and career opportunities.