MVCC and Oneida County Join Forces for New Work Experience Program

Oneida County has launched a new employment program with the Rome campus of Mohawk Valley Community College aimed at building job skills for young adult residents, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced Thursday. in a press release.

The Oneida County Career Corps is a work experience program that will serve as a bridge to connect young adults to the training they need to enter high-growth, well-paying careers, Picente said.

“As we rebound from two years of disruption, this unique program will help young adults in Rome and rural central and western Oneida County access hands-on work experience that will earn them a living in as they learn the skills they need to establish successful careers,” Picente said in a statement.

Eligible young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 will receive hands-on work experience with local employers participating in the project. The program will operate through the MVCC Center for Corporate and Community Education.

The county is using its federal funding from the Federal Innovation and Workforce Opportunities Act to make the program work, Picente said.

The Career Corps program:

  • Provide work activities that engage young adults and develop work-hardening skills.
  • Provide or arrange individualized support services.
  • Help participants develop social entrepreneurship skills to fulfill their potential and create community wealth.
  • Help participants develop job readiness and employability skills.
  • Help young adults acquire financial knowledge by helping them set financial goals; budgeting, saving, investing and managing debt.
  • Incorporate opportunities for participants to interact with their peers.
  • Provide access to long-term support and development activities.

“We developed the Career Corps to meet the needs of young adults who have no work experience and ability to enter the workforce, but lack the training they need,” said Franca Armstrong, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Dean. of the Rome Campus in a press release. “The funding we receive from Oneida County is in addition to our existing efforts to serve the community.”

Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should contact Sarah Lam, director of the Center for Corporate and Community Education at 315-334-7733 or by email at [email protected]

Ed Harris is the Oneida County reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Ed Harris at [email protected]

Maria D. Ervin