The Employment Pathways Program is a new initiative launched January 2015 in partnership with Cayuga County Health and Human Services, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Cayuga Community College, Cayuga Works Career Center and private employers. This program connects people in poverty to local employment opportunities within demand occupations including healthcare, agribusiness, food processing and advanced manufacturing.
The Employment Pathways Program provides case management, training, and flexible subsidies to help income-eligible program participants overcome individual barriers to employment. Subsidies will primarily offset the cost to pursue a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma, certificate or degree program offered through Cayuga/Onondaga BOCES and/or Cayuga Community College but may be used for other ancillary expenses including transportation and/or child care as needed. Subsidies will be utilized as gap financing based on individual need and other available local, state and federal financial aid.
The goals of the Employment Pathways Program are 1) to provide coordinated support services, education and training in order to prepare low-income individuals to obtain and sustain full-time employment within regional demand occupations; and 2) to provide critical skills training (soft skills), including: completing applications, writing a résumé, preparing for an interview, understanding business etiquette and employer expectations, identifying values, building self-confidence, solving problems, maintaining a positive attitude and developing a strong work ethic.
To support the Employment Pathways Program, the Agency has been working to resurrect Attire for Hire, which provides underemployed and unemployed individuals with appropriate professional attire to attend job interviews and/or work within their chosen field. Referral is required to Attire for Hire from a caseworker or other service provider. Current hours are Monday & Wednesday from 10 am - 3 pm, and Tuesday & Thursday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Attire for Hire is staffed entirely by volunteers from the community; please be patient as occasionally we may need to open late or close unexpectedly.
We are currently seeking donations of gently used professional clothing, dockers, scrubs, dress shoes and other work-appropriate attire as well as clothing racks for Attire for Hire. Please call 255-1703 to make a donation.