WDB Announces Grant Award to Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages in New York

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, Inc., was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Labor grant of $2,500,000 to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in Central and Northern New York State.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, particularly in rural areas where there was already an acute need.” the U.S. Department of Labor says. “Through the expansion of employment and training models for the healthcare industry, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) aims to help individuals gain the skills necessary to provide needed services, fill vacancies, and allow employers to find skilled workers more readily.”

The grant aims to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care and alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations serving rural populations. Targeted occupations include: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselors; Mental Health Counselors; Rehabilitation Counselors; Healthcare Social Workers; Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers; Registered Nurses; Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists; Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians; Pharmacy Technicians; Licensed Practical Nurses; Home Health Aides; Occupational Therapy Assistants; Physical Therapy Assistants; Phlebotomists.

The WDB will incorporate new and emergent technologies, such as interactive simulations, personalized and virtual instruction, educational gaming, or digital tutors, into the educational component of their training design. The individuals served will receive online training in a wide range of subject areas resulting in credentials, from micro-credentials to degrees, based on needs, abilities. and experience to place trainees in jobs where they can advance along career ladders. Outreach campaigns will attract new talent to the sector, and a coalition of partners will ensure placement and support to complete training.

As part of this initiative, the WDB’s REACH (Regional Entry & Advancement in Careers in Health) aims to serve some 600 unemployed and underemployed residents across 16 counties, including Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, Jefferson, Lewis, Otsego, Warren, Washington, Essex, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, Franklin, Fulton and Montgomery.

Placement Coordinator Karen Cossaboon is a hospital clinical manager and public health outreach practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience in public health project management. Karen (nickname, Kare) completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences (MHS), from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Graduate School of Public Health. She will cover Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Hamilton counties. Individuals living in these counties who are interested in participating in this program can call Karen at: 610-533-6300.

Placement Coordinator Joelle Taylor, most recently of Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s office, has spent more than 30 years in program development and oversight. Among other noteworthy positions, she previously served as the Executive Director of the Rome Memorial Hospital Foundation, Project Director of the Rome City Schools Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative grant, and Senior Coordinator of Literacy Programs at BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education. A sought-after consultant in nonprofit management and a skilled public speaker, presenter and facilitator, she additionally is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Master of Management Studies degree from SUNY Binghamton School of Management. Joelle will cover Herkimer, Madison & Oneida counties along with Chenango, Delaware & Otsego counties. Individuals living in these counties can reach her at 315-207-6951.

Individuals interested in participating in this program living in Warren, Washington, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, or Montgomery counties should contact WDB Executive Director Alice Savino: 315-207-6951.


WKTV “Back2Work” Job Orders for March 29 – April 2, 2021

Monday March 29, 2021

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator City: Utica, NY

Full time for a local workforce development agency. Duties: Initiate and maintain contacts with a variety of businesses and job training agencies to promote a project supporting women in non-traditional occupations. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and some experience with academic advising or student development.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1360691


Monday March 29, 2021

Job Title: Construction Craft Laborers City: Whitesboro, NY

Full time positions with a local labor union. Duties: Apprentice, Journeyman and Foreman positions are available in general construction, bridge construction, road work, mason tending and more. Requirements: High School Diploma or the equivalent. Pay is based on experience and job type.

Pay: $15.47-$32.15/hour. Benefits Job Order # NY1364332


Tuesday March 30, 2021

Job Title: Housekeeper City: Utica, NY

Part time, 20 hours per week for 2 local motels. Duties: Clean motel rooms and common areas. Change and re-stock linens. Requirements: Must be reliable and able to perform all required tasks. Some cleaning experience preferred.

Pay: Not specified. Job Order # NY1360427


Tuesday March 30, 2021

Job Title: Support Services Engineer City: Rome, NY

Full time for an IT consulting firm. Duties: Provide day-to-day support to clients including helpdesk support, maintenance of servers, storage, backup systems and network security devices. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a minimum of 1-year experience in IT.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1364404


Wednesday March 31, 2021

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist City: Herkimer, NY

Full time for a local industrial development agency. Duties: Update and maintain the agency’s social media presence, pitch news releases, design flyers, graphics, and other marketing materials. Requirements: Must have either completed or be working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field. Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1364267


Wednesday March 31, 2021

Job Title: Residence Counselors City: Chittenango and Sylvan Beach, NY

Full time, all shifts for an agency serving individuals with disabilities. Duties: Attend to individuals’ personal care needs creating an environment that maintains and promotes independence. Requirements: High School Diploma or the equivalent and 1 year of related experience preferred.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1364296


Thursday April 1, 2021

Job Title: Telecommunications Installers City: Poland, NY

Full time for a local construction company. Duties: Prepare cell tower sites for back-up generator installs. Positions are available for laborers, foremen, and equipment operators. Requirements: One-year of work experience and the ability to travel frequently. Willing to train the right person, but experience in electrical, communications, or site work would be helpful.

Pay: Competitive pay. Job Order # NY1363871


Thursday April 1, 2021

Job Title: Accounting Manager City: Utica, NY

Full time for a charitable organization. Duties: Supervise workers doing budgeting, cash receipts, accounts payable & receivable and payroll. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field and a minimum of five years’ related experience. At least three years’ supervisory experience is required.

Pay: $33,000-$38,000 per year. Benefits. Job Order # NY1364138


Friday April 2, 2021

Job Title: Mortgage Processor I City: Rome, NY

Full time for a local credit union. Duties: Processes a variety of mortgage applications including Conventional Purchases and Refinances, Home Equity and Construction Loans. Requirements: High School Diploma or the equivalent. Associates degree preferred. Experience with residential mortgage regulations and processing required.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # DE9396411


Friday April 2, 2021

Job Title: Refuse and Recyclable Collector City: Utica,NY
Full-time, for a solid waste disposal company. Duties: Operate equipment to front load dumpsters and rear-load residential pick-ups onto trucks. Requirements: High School diploma or the equivalent and 1 years’ experience. Should be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds.

Pay: $12.50/hour for first 30 days, then $21.27/ hour. Job Order # NY1364228


The Workforce Development Board’s Beginnings Program Gives Young Adults an Opportunity to Start Over

The Workforce Development Board’s (WDB) grant project “Beginnings” helps individuals with prior involvement in the justice system. The goal of the project is to help these individuals get into an education program and in the long-term, a career.

This project provides an array of services to all of its participants to help them reach their goals.

  • They can participate in substance abuse or mental health treatment programs.
  • There are instructors trained in cognitive behavioral intervention courses available to each participant.
  • There are funds available to help them pay for short term training programs.
  • They are also offered case management services, career exploration, and assistance with their employment search.

“Beginnings is a great opportunity for young adults that have had an encounter with the criminal justice system to start over,” says Project Director Alan Lam. “We work with them to find the right education program or job, and act as a support system to help them become contributing members of the local community.”

Alice Savino, executive director of the Workforce Development Board says, “Someone who has broken the law has one strike against them, if we can keep that person from having two strikes against them and if we can do that while the offender is still young and help he or she live a productive work life, we are changing their lives and we are improving the public safety climate of our community.”

This project will end September 30, 2021. Beginnings is for individuals 18-24 years old with involvement in the criminal justice system. In order to qualify, individuals must be residents of Oneida County. This program is 100% funded by a United States Department of Labor Reentry Employment Opportunities grant of $1,500,000.

Eligible individuals can apply by contacting Alan Lam at (315) 798-5908 or via e-mail alam@working-solutions.org


Internship with Cree

Cree has Internships available for Students.

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Our commitment to excellence doesn’t stop with our technology, it extends to the people we hire. When you join Cree, you’ll find yourself immersed in a culture similar to any startup environment – fast decision making, passionate people and constant innovation.

What can Cree|Wolfspeed do for you?

CreeWolfspeed offers an extensive 12-week internship program that aligns with our new hiring model and talent development strategy. Students a part of our internship program, will develop knowledge and skills across their areas of interest while gaining insight into unit operations. Additionally, you will have the ability to apply academic concepts to real–world business challenges. An intern can be a key strategic contributor from the ground up.

What can you do for Cree|Wolfspeed?

  • Bring enthusiasm, creativity, and an open-mind to help strengthen our culture and build on our success
  • Bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face
  • Learn from an experienced team
  • Deepen your understanding of classroom concepts
  • Gain real-world experience

What you need for success:

Enrollment in an accredited collegiate program

Maintains a 3.0 GPA or above

Excellent communication skills

Relevant Experience

Ability to work without sponsorship now or in the future

Who You’ll Work With

Opportunities in this internship may include:

This person will work with the Facilities Engineering team located in our NY facility. With the numerous projects currently going on at Cree, this person will work on our on-going growth projects to include instruments and controls, waste water, capacity improvements, exhaust capacity modeling, electrical and mechanical infrastructure improvements, construction projects, and tool install.

This is a great opportunity for a well-rounded engineer to take on projects that are the backbone of the organization.

Why Cree|Wolfspeed

At Cree|Wolfspeed, we’ve spent more than 30 years developing industry firsts as a leader in wide bandgap semiconductor technology. Not familiar with all of our products? That is because we are a part of the invisible revolution; if we do our job right you will never know we were there. Our products make impossible possible like our LEDs that power cities to our Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) components that power electric vehicles, solar energy, telecommunications and industrial, military and aerospace solutions.

We believe in enabling the world to do more with less. That’s why we encourage each other to think unconventionally, take ownership and solve real problems. Interested in a career at Cree|Wolfspeed? We want to meet you. Submit your application now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This role may require additional duties and/or assignments as designated by management.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

They can apply online at https://nlx.jobsyn.org/e807e7eb3e77412cb9c04aed224beb45161


WKTV “Back2Work” Job Orders for March 22 – March 26, 2021

Monday March 22, 2021

Job Title: Counter Sales City: Marcy, NY

Full time for an electrical supply dealer. Duties: Sell products, merchandise, and services. Requirements: Previous experience in sales or customer service is required. Previous electrical experience or knowledge is preferred. Must be able to build rapport with customers and work in a fast-paced environment. Forklift experience would be a plus.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # DE9070139


Monday March 22, 2021

Job Title: Multi-Skilled Technician City: Rome, NY

Full time position, 3rd shift for a distribution center. Duties: Work with and oversee Technician Levels I and II. Requirements: High School Diploma or the equivalent and 4 years of industrial maintenance experience. Must be proficient in Electronics, Electrical, Battery Equipment, Mechanical Systems, Welding, Hydraulics, and PLC controllers.

Pay: $23.00-$26.00/hour. Benefits Job Order # NY1363735


Tuesday March 23, 2021

Job Title: Sales Administrator City: Rome, NY

Full time for an IT consulting firm. Duties: Prepare proposals and quotes. Work with Account Managers to ensure products, services and support are delivered according to client specifications. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in a Business discipline or equivalent experience with an emphasis on Business or Information Technology. Must be able to pass background checks.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1362838


Tuesday March 23, 2021

Job Title: Industrial Sewer City: Frankfort, NY

Full time for a company that manufactures personal protective equipment. Duties: Operate industrial sewing machines. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Prior manufacturing experience preferred. Prior industrial sewing experience strongly preferred. Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs. and stand or sit for extended periods.

Pay: Not specified. Job Order # NY1363682


Wednesday March 24, 2021

Job Title: Buffing Machine Operator City: Sherrill, NY

Full time for a flatware manufacturer. Duties: Set up and operate machines and tools that remove excess material from products and inspect finished pieces. Requirements: Must be able to stand for long periods of time and must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. Willing to train the right candidate.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1357864


Wednesday March 24, 2021

Job Title: City Bus Driver City: Utica, NY

Part time for a local transportation company. Duties: Drive buses along scheduled routes in the Utica/Rome area. Requirements: Paid training is provided to qualified candidates. Applicants must have a CDL-B permit or license to be eligible for hire. Eight-week training course starts May 10, 2021.

Pay: $19.93 per hour. Job Order # NY1363745


Thursday March 25, 2021

Job Title: Secretary City: Utica, NY

Full time for a local county clerk’s office. Duties: Perform a wide variety of clerical and secretarial tasks which may require handling of sensitive and confidential information. Requirements: Candidate will be selected based on secretarial experience and qualifications.

Pay: $31,524/year. Benefits Job Order # NY1363625


Thursday March 25, 2021

Job Title: Forklift Mechanic City: Utica, NY

Full time for a company that sells and services material handling equipment. Duties: Perform preventive maintenance and service on vehicles and electric forklifts. Requirements: High School diploma or the equivalent, a valid NYS driver’s license and 2 years of experience. Forklift mechanics preferred.

Pay: $15 .00-$18.00/hour, based on experience. Benefits. Job Order # NY1360783


Friday March 26, 2021

Job Title: Caseworker City: Herkimer, NY

Full time for a county human service agency. Duties: Provide social work services for

individuals and families to assist them with their economic, emotional, and social difficulties. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or certification as an RN with one year of paid nursing experience.

Pay: Not specified. Benefits. Job Order # NY1363495


Friday March 26, 2021

Job Title: Greenhouse Workers City: Utica, NY

Full-time, seasonal position, running through the middle of July with a local plant grower. Duties: Transplanting, potting, plant maintenance, filling flats, pulling weeds, and watering. Requirements:

Should be able to lift and carry approximately 50 pounds, work in a standing position 95% of the day and

work a flexible schedule as required.

Pay: $14.50/hour. Job Order # NY1363385

 


The American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant Helps Prepare a Future Workforce to Bridge the Skills Gap

Read how the Workforce Development Board’s American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant program is helping local businesses and residents mend the skills gap and jump-start great careers in manufacturing!

The program is available to residents and businesses located in the following New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga
and Tompkins.

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MVCC Job Corps Scholars Program Expands Eligibility

Job Corps Scholars is now available for low income young people ages 17-24 in Utica and beyond. As long as they are US citizens or permanent residents, participants may come from any community in the Mohawk Valley, across NY state, or out of state to enroll in MVCC’s Job Corps Scholars program in Mechatronics, Welding, CNC machinist, Carpentry & Masonry, and HVAC. The Department of Labor funding pays for student tuition, fees, books and supplies, academic and career counseling support, as well as some meal and transportation costs.