Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties, Inc.


THIS PROGRAM HAS ENDED - however the page still provides many useful resources, so we have left it on this website. 

BEAM stands for the Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace, a federally funded education and employment program and research study that was previously implemented at workforce American Job Centers in nine counties in New York State. The Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties (WDB/HMO) received a workforce innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and collaborated with the Workforce Development Boards of Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties, Broome-Tioga Counties, and Tompkins County to design and deliver a new and innovative employment and academic program at their career centers. The WDB/HMO teamed up with an agency called The Policy & Research Group (PRG) to study the effectiveness of its newly-designed program in helping individuals enroll in postsecondary training programs and/or access employment opportunities. The WDB/HMO BEAM program has ended, but please see the helpful resources on this page.

Oneida County has a variety of schools and training programs to get you back to post-secondary training. See the list below and ask an Outreach Coordinator how you can get started


If you want to go back to school, you have many choices. Here is just the local list of colleges to get your future started now:

If you need training, you can visit:

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Colleges and Institutions in the region:

Mohawk Valley Community College –

Herkimer College –

Broome Community College

Utica University –

SUNY Polytechnical Institute –

Oneida County BOCES –


SUNY Delhi –

Broome-Tioga BOCES –

Tompkins County Community College –

Ithaca College –

Free Courses and local tutoring assistance

Wondering where you can get help with courses or tests? Here are a few ideas:

Metrix Online Learning – Working Solutions has made Metrix Learning® available to all unemployed and underemployed residents of Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Otsego, NY Counties. Metrix Learning® is a comprehensive platform that delivers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, assessments, and online skill training.

Coursera – The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera, the leading online training provider. Through Coursera, unemployed New Yorkers will have access to nearly 4,000 programs across high-growth industries and can hone skills in data science, business, and technology. Many of these programs are pathways to certifications, professional certificates and can help elevate your career.

WERC – The Women’s Employment and Resource Center is located at 185 Genesee Street, Suite 601, Utica, NY. WERC is a non-profit organization serving women in need of job readiness services in the Herkimer-Oneida-Madison counties for over 16 years. They offer assistance with resumes, cover letters and interviews along with a 5 week in-depth training course called Professional Pathways: Navigation to Confident Business Communications.

Education Opportunity Center – MVCC offers additional educational tutoring, mentoring and career planning through the EOC. Their goal is to “work with individuals and their families to overcome barriers and successfully reach their educational goals. We will achieve this by assessing job interests and skill levels to develop an individualized short/long term training, employment, and educational plan”.

MVCC If you are a registered student with Mohawk Valley Community College, whether on campus or online, the college’s Academic Support Center is there to help you. All services are free, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Utica Public Library – If you need additional computer instruction or just need help with your iPhone, iPad or other smartphone, you can receive it at the Utica Public Library for free. Check out the library calendar to see if there is a class that interests you at

On-Point for College – This organization offers assistance with college tours, transportation, or basic needs like winter coats and eyeglasses. No barrier is too big for On-Point.

Other helpful resources:

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