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Corning Area Chamber of Commerce Updates

Corning's Gaffer District Inc. is a proud member of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce

Corning's Gaffer District Inc. is a proud member of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.  We are pleased to bring important updates from Chamber of Commerce President, Denise Maxa, IOM as they become available.


UPDATE 11/18/20:

Governor Cuomo announced today the launch of a new online training platform which will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost. The new tool will provide access to nearly 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera, with a focus on high-growth and in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing, technology, and health care, among others.  


The new course offerings are provided through a partnership between the New York State Department of Labor and Coursera, the world's leading online learning platform. The partnership will save New York millions of dollars over the next couple of years while providing free job skills training to New Yorkers. New Yorkers can request a free account on the New York State Department of Labor website


The link for the free account can be found by clicking this link:


The nearly 4,000 courses available through Coursera are taught by leading professors and industry educators and cover topics ranging from mechanical engineering and project management to technology and data science skills. Many of these programs provide a pathway to professional certificates and other certifications that can help New Yorkers elevate their careers or compete in a new industry. 


The Department of Labor is working with stakeholders across the state to curate the content catalog to respond to industry and regional needs, so that job seekers can easily find courses that will make them the most competitive for open positions in New York State.



  • How to Manage a Remote Team 

  • Business Writing 

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design and Manufacturing Machine Learning 

  • Motors and Motor Control Circuits 

  • Generative Design for Additive Manufacturing 

  • Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects 

  • Marketing in a Digital World 

  • Supply Chain Operations 

  • Data Science Specialization 

  • Project Management 

  • Cybersecurity 

  • Google IT Support Professional Certificate 

  • The Business of Health Care Specialization 

  • Medical Neuroscience 

  • Financial Markets 

  • Facebook Social Media Marketing 

  • Entrepreneurship 

  • Introduction to Game Development 

  • The Art of Negotiation 

  • Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS 

  • Introduction to HTML5 

  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset: First Step Towards Success 

  • Introduction to iOS App Development

The full course catalog can be viewed here


The state will also partner with New York-based businesses to encourage their employees to utilize this free learning opportunity. By offering additional skills and training to their employees, employers can meet the changing needs of our New York Workforce as our economy continues to build back better.  


During the pandemic, Coursera has helped more than 330 government agencies across 70 countries and 30 US states and cities support impacted workers with job-relevant skills training. Since the launch of the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, more than 1 million workers have enrolled in over 7 million courses to gain critical skills for jobs of the future. Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is modeled after a highly successful initiative that the company launched in March 2020, which offered free courses to over 3,700 colleges and universities that closed their campuses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In just six weeks, that initiative launched 6,400 programs for 2,800 colleges and universities around the world, helping enroll 475,000 displaced students in 1.1 million courses.

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