Immediate Release

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Wednesday, May 29, 2020

David Mathis

Eannace: Workforce Development Office
Starts Outreach at Cornerstone Building

UTICA -- Oneida County Executive Ralph J. Eannace, Jr. announced today that the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development is holding daily outreach sessions in the Cornerstone Building, at the intersection of South and Miller streets, to increase awareness and accessibility of job training programs for Uticans of all ages.

"The Working Solutions partnership has done a wonderful job of assembling resources to help the people of our region," Eannace said. "Through this outreach, we will have knowledgeable, trained staff from Oneida County Workforce Development, a partner in the Working Solutions consortium at the Cornerstone Building every weekday morning. People do not need to come to our Working Solutions centers. Through this effort by Oneida County Workforce Development, our system will come to them so that transportation and other barriers will not prevent them from getting information they need about the services we offer."

Eannace said outreach sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the Second Floor of the Cornerstone Building.

Every session will be staffed by a community liaison from the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development, as well as other Working Solutions partners such as Mohawk Valley Community College. Information will also be available from Oneida County government on Civil Service examinations and upcoming employment opportunities, Eannace added.

"When I speak with the community leaders in our Cornhill neighborhood, the issue on their minds the most is employment – for young people, for families working to achieve self-sufficiency, and for individuals in transition who need new skills," Eannace said. "This outreach will help us to get the message out about the programs and services that are available, and deepen our partnerships with the many community organizations that are working on behalf of the neighborhood and its people."

"This is exactly the kind of outreach that Oneida County needs to be doing so that our citizens can take maximum benefit of these worthwhile County programs," said Oneida County Legislator William R. Hendricks. "By the same token, I urge the people of my Legislative District and others who can make use of these programs to do so. The outreach office is here for their benefit, and they should take advantage of it."

Oneida County Workforce Development Director David Mathis said the Cornerstone outreach site is a continuing of county efforts to reach out to the community.

"We have partnered with the Cosmopolitan Center, JCTOD and St. Paul’s Baptist Church when we recruited individuals for Project InVEST," Mathis said. "We want the people of Utica to take advantage of all the services and all the programs for which they are eligible. We hope that our outreach site will become a valuable way in which neighborhood residents will learn about programs that we offer through Oneida County Workforce Development and programs that are offered by our Working Solutions partners."

Mathis also said that Workforce Development community liaisons will be on hand to provide information about employment and training opportunities on Saturday, June 8th, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as part of the JCTOD Outreach Youth Olympics at Johnson Park.

Mathis said employers, local governments and others interested in having literature or representatives at the Cornerstone outreach site should contact him at 798-5908.

Working Solutions operates four Working Solutions Centers in the region. They offer comprehensive employment and training information for job seekers and employers. The centers were recently certified by the State of New York as have achieved stringent quality standards. The four One-Stop Centers are:

Utica: State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Second Floor. Phone: 793-2229.

Rome: 252 W. Dominick St. Phone: 337-7300

Herkimer County: 320 North Prospect Street, Herkimer. Phone: 867-1400.

Madison County: Wal-Mart Plaza, Oneida. Phone: 363-2400.