MVCC CyberJobs Program
Mohawk Valley Community College on Dec. 22 announced the MVCC CyberJobs program, a training opportunity for area residents who seek new skills in high-growth job fields such as information technology and cybersecurity. The free-of-charge program helps people at any stage from entry level to expert. Its custom training programs are designed to fit the schedules of busy adults. The program will begin offering trainings in early 2011, with the full schedule to be developed in response to community demand.
The program is funded by a $2.78 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant provides for up to 2,500 local people to receive training over three years. It is administered by MVCC in collaboration with more than 40 local partners.
Applicants need not have prior IT or cybersecurity experience. The program works by assessing individuals’ skills and experience then matching them with the right non-credit courses, credit courses, and certifications to compete at the next step of the career ladder. The application process asks questions regarding employment and educational history to help CyberJobs staff begin the assessment process. Participants will receive in-person assessments and career counseling, including a long-term career plan. CyberJobs trainees will receive grant-funded scholarships for all or part of the cost of training, depending on the programs selected.
Click here for an online pre-application or visit the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties at www.working-solutions.org. Paper pre-applications are available at MVCC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education offices at the Utica and Rome campuses and at the area’s four Working Solutions One-Stop Career Centers:
- Working Solutions Utica: 209 Genesee Street (first floor)
- Working Solutions Rome: 300 W. Dominick Street
- Working Solutions Herkimer: 320 North Prospect Street
- Working Solutions Oneida: 1006 Oneida Plaza Drive
Project staff can be contacted via e-mail at CyberJobs@mvcc.edu.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said the project will help lay the groundwork for economic opportunity. "Employers want skilled workers, and few skills are in demand today as much as those in the cyber area," Picente said. "This is a very exciting project because with all of the cybersecurity expertise we have in Oneida County through Rome Lab, through some great employers, and our outstanding colleges, there are great opportunities for anyone who wants to get ahead. Increasing our pool of skilled talent will make our area that much more attractive as we try to grow new employers."
Adds MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner Ph.D., "To revitalize the local economy we need a well-trained workforce, and CyberJobs is one creative way we are working with our partners to get that job done. This program will help Mohawk Valley adults and young people get the skills and credentials they need to compete for good jobs. It’s a compelling model for how colleges can attract investments that will significantly improve our region’s jobs picture."
CyberJobs will feature MVCC’s credit and non-credit courses with on-ground and online instruction, including "boot camp" training for certain topics. MVCC is working in partnership with the WIB and local colleges including Herkimer County Community College, Morrisville State College, Utica School of Commerce and the SUNY Institute of Technology. Funding will be available to CyberJobs participants at partner colleges, and local BOCES will help participants who need academic support to succeed at the college level.
"The Workforce Investment Board is very excited about the project and its partnerships because the goal is to train people across the region in all of the great programs that are out there, so that employers across the region can have access to the skilled workers they need, and job-seekers who need cyber skills can find work," said WIB Executive Director Alice Savino. "This year, everyone rallied together to fight for this grant and to work hard as a team to pull the pieces together. MVCC is putting some tremendous energy and innovation into its role as the lead of this project, and we at the WIB are very upbeat on what this means for our entire area, and for the hundreds of people who are looking to add a skill to their existing ones, or who want to move their careers in a whole new direction."
CyberJobs Director Jake Mihevc said MVCC is also working with employers to upgrade skills of employed workers. "Wherever anyone is on the cyber career ladder, when they go through this program, they will leave it with more skills and be more employable than before."
MVCC’s CyberJobs partners include: AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute, Alion Science and Technology, Assured Information Security, Bartell Machinery, Bassett Healthcare, Board of Cooperative Educational Services Consortium, Computer Clinic, Computer Connection, Defense Finance Accounting Service, ECR International, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, First Source Credit Union, Griffiss Institute, Herkimer County Community College, HMO Workforce Investment Board, Human Technologies, Indium Corporation, Leadership Mohawk Valley, Legacy Fiber Optics, Little Falls Hospital, Mattacola Law Firm, Med-Care Administrators, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Valley EDGE, Morrisville State College, National Grid, Oneida County, Oriskany Manufacturing, PAR Government Systems, Resource Center for Refugees, Rome Chamber of Commerce, Rome City Government, Rome Hospital, Rome Strip Steel, R-tronics, Sovena USA, SUNY Institute of Technology, The Printed Word, The Rowan Group, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, and Utica School of Commerce and Women’s Business Center.