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

Career Pathways Program

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

Certificate & Degree Programs through Career Pathways

High School Equivalency: GED or National EDP

Customer Service: Entry Level Job Skills Certificate, Office Paid Job Training Certificate

Advanced Manufacturing: Certified Production Technician, Manufacturing Extension Project, CNC Machinist, Quality Assurance or Mechatronics

Healthcare: Home Health Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Transcription, Medical Coding & Billing, Medical Assistant or Dental Assistant


The Trades: Carpentry, Construction, Electrical Tech, Electrical Service Tech II or Electrical Systems, Facilities / Maintenance Paid Job Training, HVAC or HVAC Tech, Masonry, Plumbing, Welding or Welding Technology, NYSWDA Weatherization & Home Performance Certificate, Weatherization Paid Job Training

Eligibility & requirements

60 hours of classroom time is required.

Participants must be a resident of Herkimer, Oneida or Otsego County AND meet one of the following:

  • 16-17 yrs. old, head of household & your household income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (see below)
  • 18-23 yrs. old with household income as below
  • 24 and older, on Temporary Assistance & have a child in the household under the age of 18



1 $29,160
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280

For each additional family member add $10,280

(06/01/23-05/31/24 200% Federal Poverty Guideline)

Eligible Career Pathways participants can receive up to $1000 in Supportive services

Once we verify that you successfully completed your course, passed your exam and obtained your certificate:

  • Graduation incentive of $300

And, once you are employed:

  • Assistance with purchasing clothes, shoes or job related uniforms
  • Incentives for reporting your wages for qualifying new employment, after 60 & 120 days of consistent employment

If needed, we can help pay for photo ID and duplicate Birth Certificate

Please Note: We cannot fund or provide services to any male over the age of 18 who has not registered for selective service.

For more details email: Mary Kris Smith at or call 315.207.6951×127.

Career Pathways

In partnering with existing training programs – including those preparing students for the GED (certficate of high school equivalency) – Career Pathways will provide encouragement and incentives, as well as referrals to employers, to allow individuals to follow a pathway to success.

The employment sectors targeted for this program are Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare and the Trades.

Eligible students will belong to one of the following groups:

  • Youth 18-23 years of age with a household income below 200% Federal Poverty level
  • Other eligible participants are: 16-17 year old heads of households with income at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Level
  • Adults of any age in receipt of Temporary Assistance (PA/Safety Net), with a minor child residing in the household

Applicants will complete an intake interview and submit required documentation to Career Pathways staff. Eligibility will be explored, as well as appropriateness of the training desired by the applicant. All DSS recipients will need their DSS status verified and approval from their employment worker up front.

Participants may be referred for financial assistance in paying for training as needed. Working Solutions (Workforce Development Board, Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, Inc.) and CDO Workforce American Job Centers will be utilized for referrals, workshops and job placement.

Once accepted in Career Pathways, an individualized career plan will be agreed upon stating the long and short term goals, time frame for education/training and approved training provider. Additional supports needed for training will be discussed.

.Please Note: We cannot fund or provide services to any male over the age of 18 who has not registered for selective service.

For more details about these programs, email Mary Kris Smith at or call 315.207.6951×127.


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