Picente Joins Local College Presidents to Launch Major Health Care Training Project

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today joined leaders of the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties, the Presidents of Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer County Community College, Morrisville State College, Utica School of Commerce and SUNY Institute of Technology and representatives of local BOCES to launch a regional health care training project 

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., stands at far right with local college presidents at the launch of the regional Health Care Career Pipeline Project. From left are: President Randall VanWagoner, Mohawk Valley Community College; President Raymond Cross, Morrisville State College; President Wolf Yeigh, SUNY Institute of Technology; President Philip Williams, Utica School of Commerce; and President Ann Marie Murray, Herkimer County Community College. 

The project will train 2,450 people for careers in the high-growth health care sector. 

“The Oneida County region has some outstanding educational institutions. This project is a clear sign of what we can achieve when all of these partners work together with our workforce system and respond to the needs of our people,” Picente said. “This success is a great step forward, and I thank all the partners for their work and collaboration to develop a project that will help our region.”
Picente noted that the project targets an area of need. “Our health care employers have openings and they need people to fill those jobs,” he said. “This grant allows people with some experience, lots of experience or no experience at all to get training at the right level for them so that they can get the training they need to find work in health care, and they can move on a fast track so that they can get employed and start moving up.”
Picente noted that County Government is a major partner in the project. “Our Office of Workforce Development took the lead in the application process and will help the people trained find jobs through the Working Solutions Centers in Utica and Rome. Our Department of Social Services is ready to refer customers to this project so they can get off of public assistance and get back on their feet. It’s a team effort.”
Applications are available at local Working Solutions Career Centers and educational partners. The project provides training scholarships for a wide range of health care careers. It is funded by a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The project, which also is helping employers and job seeking in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties, includes multiple partners, including: Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Investment Board; NY State Dept. of Labor; Oneida County Workforce Development; the Oneida County Dept. of Social Services; Mohawk Valley Community Action; Mohawk Valley Community College; Morrisville State College; Herkimer County Community College; SUNY Institute of Technology; SUNY Delhi; Hartwick College and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) serving Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Delaware, Chenango, Madison, Otsego Counties. Savino said the project will serve all local employers, with a focus on those who signed up to be project partners: Bassett Healthcare; Presbyterian Home; Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare; Rome Memorial Hospital; Masonic Care Facility; A.O. Fox Hospital; Chenango Memorial Hospital; Delaware Valley Hospital; Robinson Terrace; Robynwood Adult Home; Oneonta Nursing Rehab Center; At Home Care Inc.