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Grant Supports ‘Skill-Up Oswego County 2.0’ Workforce Project

OSWEGO – The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County recently received a grant award of $42,000 to be used for the “Skill-Up Oswego County 2.0” project. This grant was made possible by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

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The Richard S. Shineman Foundation recently made a grant of $42,000, and Oswego County pledged a $25,000 match, to support the “Skill-Up Oswego County 2.0” workforce development effort. From left are Shane Broadwell, Oswego County Legislature chairman; Chena Tucker, executive director of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations as well as executive director of the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County; Edward Mervine, chair of the Workforce Development Board; and Karen Goetz, executive director of the Shineman Foundation.

In addition to the grant award, the County of Oswego has pledged a $25,000 match in support of this project.

“Skill-Up Oswego County 2.0” was designed to address the workforce development needs of Oswego County residents and local businesses through the enhancement of services offered at the county’s One-Stop Career Center in Fulton.

The main goal of the project is making the One-Stop Career Center more effective in reaching two of its target populations — Oswego County residents seeking a job or career training assistance and local businesses that need help with recruitment/employee development.

The funding will support website development, digital marketing, advertising, and contract purchase of the Skill-Up Metrix online learning system.

“More and more, we are hearing from local employers that they are having trouble finding workers with the skills the employers need in their workforce,” said county Legislature Chairman Shane Broadwell. “The Metrix online learning system provides job seekers with industry-specific education, access to local employer job openings in real-time, as well as training to prepare for those jobs.”

In conjunction with the online learning system, services will be offered to deliver “soft skills” training to job seekers at the One-Stop Center.

By combining the online learning initiative with “soft skills” training, the objective is to create a transformational experience for local residents that are unemployed or underemployed.

The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to be a catalyst for change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County.

The foundation uses its resources to stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong bonds that strengthen the community, and to build the capacity of its not-for-profit partners.

The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County is a non-profit organization that administers the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding that supports employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in Oswego County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

For information regarding “Skill-Up Oswego County” or additional job training and certification resources, please contact Oswego County Workforce New York at 315-591-9000.

For information about the Workforce Development Board, please contact the SUNY Oswego Business Resource Center at 315-312-3493.