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Workforce training coming to Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance announces plans

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has developed a plan to prepare potential workers for local jobs. Taking part in the project are, from left, E.J. Siwek, executive director of the North Country Workforce Investment Board, John McDonald, Ticonderoga Central School superintendent,  Chattie Van Wert, Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance director, Chip Holmes, Inter-Lakes Health CEO, and Dr. Steve Tyrell, North Country Community College president.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has developed a plan to prepare potential workers for local jobs. Taking part in the project are, from left, E.J. Siwek, executive director of the North Country Workforce Investment Board, John McDonald, Ticonderoga Central School superintendent, Chattie Van Wert, Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance director, Chip Holmes, Inter-Lakes Health CEO, and Dr. Steve Tyrell, North Country Community College president.

— The class will be taught by the North Country Workforce Investment Board.

“NWRC candidates are just better prepared to learn, engage and be successful in the workplace over the long term,” said E.J. Siwek, North Country Workforce Investment Board executive director. “We’re using the Ticonderoga implementation as a model to promote throughout the North Country.”

The NCWIB program will also be incorporated into the Ticonderoga High School curriculum as part of a required economics course.

“This credential will benefit all students whether they are going to college, military or directly into the workforce,” John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, said.

During meetings last fall, Van Wert said, local employers such as International Paper, National Grid and Inter-Lakes Health indicated they have difficulty filling entry-level job openings because candidates don’t have the required technical skills.

To solve that problem, NCCC has agreed to offer more technical classes locally, Van Wert said.

“North Country Community College will play a key role in helping to bridge this gap over the next few years,” she said. “Dr. Steve Tyrell, president of NCCC, is committed to creating expanded technical curriculum at the Ticonderoga campus specifically targeted to the needs of these employers.

“Key curriculum will be in place for the 2014 school year,” she added. “In addition, talks are under way between NCCC and some engineering universities to explore the potential of offering four-year engineering degrees from these schools at the Ti campus.”

The Ti alliance is also investigating the possible creation of a regional trade school in Ticonderoga.

“NCCC, International Paper, Ti alliance and other partners are currently working to determine appropriate curriculum, potential locations, funding requirements and the project structure, with a goal of establishing the school as part of NCCC in Ticonderoga within the next few years,” Van Wert said.

The workforce development efforts are the result of many community groups working together, Van Wert said.

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