WPWDB Announces Formation of New Career Center Workforce Team

Pictured, left to right: OJ Yizar, Career Center Manager; Jamila Espinal, program administrator; The workforce team includes Fawn Fisher, Cheryl Washington, Leslie Meggett, Linda McKinzie-Daugherty, Melissa Thompson, Ellen Badger and Nahshon Halevi. Photo: Susan Nagib

The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board announced the formation of a new Career Center Workforce team, comprised of Employment Counselors and the former Business and Community Engagement Services team. The new group will provide integrated and seamless services to employers and job seekers, with a mission to help them connect more effectively.

This merger of the two teams will also allow staff to streamline communications and services as they are trained to meet the needs of employers and job seekers. Part of the goal is to help employers identify clients who qualify for federally funded programs like On-the-Job Training (OJT) or Customized Incumbent Worker Training (CIWT), which helps employers cover the cost of training new hires or current employees. The team also recruits job seekers for grant programs such as the Healthcare Talent Pipeline program and guides them through the application process for Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) which can subsidize short-term job training for create stackable credentials to increase their skills and pay scale.

The team is based at the Mount Vernon Career Center at 130 Mount Vernon Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. To contact them, visit www.westchesterputnamonestop.com or call 914-813-6555.

Michael A. Bynum