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Local job training initiatives discussed

Conversation to continue Oct. 22

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance recently met with representatives from Ticonderoga Central School, North Country Community College, International Paper, National Grid, Inter-Lakes Health, Fort Ticonderoga, Glens Falls National Bank, Bridge Point Communications, the North Country Workforce Investment Board, One-WorkSource, Essex Country Industrial Development Agency, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Best Western to discuss job training issues. The group will meet again Oct. 22.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance recently met with representatives from Ticonderoga Central School, North Country Community College, International Paper, National Grid, Inter-Lakes Health, Fort Ticonderoga, Glens Falls National Bank, Bridge Point Communications, the North Country Workforce Investment Board, One-WorkSource, Essex Country Industrial Development Agency, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Best Western to discuss job training issues. The group will meet again Oct. 22.

— There are also meetings planned between Ticonderoga Central School, NCCC, IP, National Grid and Inter-Lakes Health to determine how schools can best assist students to meet the needs of local companies.

“For example, National Grid requires a high level of training and no longer has entry level positions,” Van Wert said. “They have created an Engineering Pipeline Program that creates a recruitment pathway, beginning after junior year in high school, for promising students who want to work for National Grid. It applies a multi-level approach to reach students at all levels of the educational system through certificates, AAS programs and BS degrees. They are fast-tracked for full-time employment at National Grid upon graduation. How can we make that work here and also include IP or Inter-Lakes Health?”

There will also be an effort to unite companies, like IP, with the North Country Workforce Investment Board, which works to link qualified candidates from around the region with job openings and prepares employees for those jobs, Van Wert said.

The alliance group will also explore the possibility of expanding the Champlain Valley Educational Services marine technology program at Ti High School to include engine manufacturer training programs and certification programs for other trades such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding, Van Wert said.

“We’re exploring the potential to expand these operations under the direction of the Ti Central School in partnership with NCCC,” she said.

The working group also hopes to educate local residents on the importance of being a welcoming community.

“We hope to develop a community culture of hospitality and customer service, including training high school students, retail workers and citizens as welcome ambassadors of Ticonderoga to positively impact the visitor’s decision to return to our businesses and area,” Van Wert said.

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