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November 15, 2007

County Is Awarded an Extra $800,000 for Job Training

Anyone who has lost a job or been unemployed for a period of time can understand the stress and uncertainty that it places on a family. I am happy to announce some good news affecting the employment picture in Oswego County. The Division of Employment and Training recently exceeded all 17 performance measures that the Department of Labor uses to measure the effectiveness of job training programs in New York State.

As a result, Oswego County has been awarded nearly $800,000 in additional funding for job search and employment training programs at the Workforce New York One Stop Centers in Fulton and Mexico.

These services are provided by DSS, the Division of Employment and Training, and a partnership of other agencies. Services are targeted for the unemployed or anyone looking for work.

New York State made incentive funding available to Workforce areas that meet or exceed the performance measures at 100 percent, 110 percent and 120 percent of the standards. Oswego County was the only agency in the state to achieve a 120 percent performance level, so we are eligible to receive the entire statewide allocation of $799,718.

The funds will be used in several different ways.

One of the most important is to hire a business representative to strengthen partnerships between local employers and job seekers. The business liaison will structure employment and training opportunities that address specific needs of our local industries and businesses, large or small.

Computer equipment at the One Stop Center in Fulton will be upgraded, and the Career Center library and database will be updated. This will make it more efficient for job seekers to work on resumes, practice computer skills, and do an online job search.

The additional funds will also allow more workers to upgrade their skill levels through on-the-job training with local employers. We will be able to reach more businesses as well as serve more people who need specialized training. The funds will help offset the cost of training new employees in qualified businesses.

Job seekers, including workers who have been laid off or who lost their job through no fault of their own, may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in a training scholarship to cover the cost of tuition if enrolling in an approved program such as LPN training. The incentive award will allow us to serve more people in these types of training programs.

For years, the One Stop Centers in Fulton and Mexico have provided job readiness classes and training workshops. Designed to help people who are looking for work or thinking about changing careers, the classes have been very effective at helping people improve interviewing skills, develop resumes, learn how to use computers, or do an on-line job search. A portion of the incentive award will allow the county to hold more classes and serve more people.

I am very proud of DSS Commissioner Fran Lanigan, Coordinator of Client Services Christine Weaver, and their staff members at employment and training and DSS. They are to be commended for their hard work. They are truly having a positive impact on our quality of life in Oswego County.

The One Stop Centers are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For job search assistance, stop by the County Building at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, or the DSS Building, Spring Street, Mexico, or call 591-9000.

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