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Tuesday, August 20, 2020

Rosemary Carole

Eannace: Oneida County College Student Corps Helps Interns Build Brighter Future

Oneida County Executive Ralph J. Eannace Jr. today congratulated graduating Oneida County College Student Corps interns on their achievements, and urged them to be part of Oneida County’s bright future.

"This summer has been a great beginning as you move forward with your career plans," Eannace told interns during a closing ceremony at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica. "You’ve seen the opportunity that exists here. You’ve met some great employers who have dynamic plans for the future. Oneida County is on the comeback trail. There is no limit to the potential of this region when we work as partners. We’re on the way to greatness here. I hope you’ll be part of it."

This summer, 120 students participated in the program, bringing to 605 the number of internships since the program began in 1998.

"This was a summer of tremendous opportunity for all of our interns," Eannace said. "Our interns learned that Oneida County employers include technology companies on the leading edge of their fields, human service agencies that are changing lives on a daily basis and schools that are giving students with extra challenges the extra help they need. In short, they learned that Oneida County has a great collection of career opportunities."

Eannace said interns looking for careers in the Mohawk Valley have never had a brighter future. He noted the following developing projects that will provide career opportunities for students as they near graduation:

    • The region’s plan to build a Chip Fab facility in Marcy received a great boost from Governor Pataki’s plan to create a major research facility just down the Thruway at SUNY Albany.
    • Oneida County is working in partnership with Congressman Boehlert to create a Center for Information Assurance at Griffiss Park and to use the incredible resources of Rome Lab as a source of jobs.
    • The Workforce Investment Board is helping 700 people train for high-tech, health care and education careers. Eannace urged students attending local colleges who have not heard about this program to contact the Working Solutions, Utica, and Center at 793-5318.
    • "Call Mohawk Valley Home" is finalizing plans so those local college students can be part of the agenda for growth in the Mohawk Valley. "We want to move ahead with the concept of creating a hub that connects all of our colleges with our community and make it a reality so that we bring new energy and vitality to our region," Eannace said.

Oneida County Workforce Development Director David Mathis said the College Student Corps has helped put Oneida County in the forefront of workforce development efforts.

"We are here tonight because Oneida County is one of the leaders in the country in backing up talk about retaining young people with action. In the four years since this program was created by the Oneida County Board of Legislators, we have been the model for other communities who are trying to catch up," Mathis said.

Program Coordinator Rosemary Carole, Economic Liaison for Oneida County Workforce Development, summed up the summer this way: "Oneida County is a region of opportunity and growth. All of the interns who are a part of this program are partners in the future. This summer was just the start of the great things that can be in store for youth here in Oneida County."

Other speakers at the event included Marlene Brown, President of the Children’s Museum; College Student Corps Intern Kristen Hameline; and Workforce Investment Board Marketing Coordinator Kristen Murdock.

The Oneida County Board of Legislators created the Oneida County College Student Corps in 1998. It matches students with Oneida County employers who can offer internships in the students’ fields of study.

Students are paid $7 an hour and usually work between 25 and 35 hours a week. The summer internships last between 6 and 8 weeks. Students also participate in a labor market overview, social events and receive employment assistance after they graduate from college. The program targets college juniors and seniors.