Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $3.6 million was awarded to support education and job-training programs that help low-income workers find employment in sectors with high demand for skilled labor.
Made available through the Career Pathways Program, this funding allotment includes $270,000 for Workforce Investment Board programs to help residents of Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties, officials said Tuesday.
Alice Savino, executive director of the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Investment Board, said the funding will be helpful to connect Otsego residents with job opportunities.
The funding, which supports existing programs, doesn’t pay for training but is available to help with costs of uniforms, transportation or child-care that may be impediments for people on public assistance to find and achieve employment, she said.
The Workforce Investment Boards collaborated with county Department of Social Services commissioners to reach job-seekers, Savino said, and now that the funding has been announced, work will start to put the network into action.
Savino said the program has been funded before, which means that staff is in place and the impact will be reaching different customers.
Career Pathways Programs are organized as a series of steps that lead participants toward job placement and increased earnings opportunities, the governor’s media release said.
Individuals eligible for the program include unemployed young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 and individuals receiving public assistance. Targeted sectors include health care, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and business services.
Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties were award recipients based on their designation as part of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, Savino said.