NYSERDA’s Career Pathways program, offered through community colleges, BOCES, trade unions, nonprofit community based organizations and private training providers, is already showing results.
An organization that received funding from the Career Pathways program, The Altamont Program, which offers training in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Utica, reported that eight unemployed individuals who had been receiving social services support are now employed in energy-related fields in the Capital Region after completing training through its Albany program. The Altamont Program training includes four weeks of basic skills training and a 6-week internship. The Altamont training will serve 115 people overall.
The graduates include a homeless veteran now completing an apprenticeship in lighting retrofits at Midstate Electric in Greenwich, N.Y., a single mother and long-term family assistance recipient now conducting lighting audits for RISE Engineering in Albany, and a long-term social services recipient who had faced significant setbacks in life now working at Foam Guys Inc. in Glens Falls. Another graduate from the current Albany class will receive a scholarship from Hannaford Bros. Co. to attend Hudson Valley Community College upon completion of the program.
The overall mission of The Altamont Program is to create taxpayers.