Six Colleges within HVEC Unite to Expand Region’s Career Services Programming for Employers, Job Seekers

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange and its colleagues within the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium will share a $204,000 New York State Department of Labor grant that will allow the six HVEC colleges to better connect students and community members with enhanced career services and employment opportunities.

The grant will fund the development of a regional network of educational programs, businesses and economic development partners (including the Department of Labor) to address the current and emerging gaps between regional workforce needs and the pipeline of potential students and community members to fill these needs.

The six SUNY community colleges in the HVEC are Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Rockland will lead the implementation of this DOL grant. SUNY Orange will use its portion of the award, $30,000, to bolster technological resources available to its Career and Internship Services staff and job seekers, including the purchase of EMSI Career Coach. A SUNY Orange staff member will also be assigned to work directly with the HVEC career resources coordinator, New York State career centers (One Stops) and DOL staff to support project objectives across the region.

The grant will allow HVEC to conduct gap analyses in order to more closely align students and graduates with accessible jobs within their career field. The six colleges, through their career services and continuing education departments, will be better equipped to design relevant workforce training programs that address employer needs in a changing marketplace, and job seekers will have access to data in order to make more informed career decisions.

“Career Coach will allow our students and graduates to match their majors with jobs in the region,” says Petra Wege-Beers, director of Career and Internship Services at SUNY Orange. “We will also be able to implement career service strategies that address the goals of job seekers, hopefully leading to faster and more meaningful placement.”

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and New York State Department of Labor Acting Commissioner Labor Roberta Reardon announced a total of eight projects involving 15 SUNY community colleges on Thursday (Feb. 25). Funding for the projects totals $1 million and will come from the 2015-16 state budget.

“SUNY community colleges have a rich history of providing quality workforce programs and job training that reflect demand, successfully preparing our graduates to meet the needs of New York’s employers for decades,” Zimpher explained. “As the result of state investment in SUNY, we have had the opportunity to leverage our partnership with the Department of Labor and establish career centers that will not only benefit our students but answer critical workforce needs in communities across the state.”

“The New York State Department of Labor is committed to helping job seekers find the employment they’re looking for, and connecting workers to job training and Career Center services is an important component of that mission,” Reardon said.

For more information on available career services at SUNY Orange, contact Wege-Beers at (845) 341-4444.


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