A grand opening was held today to celebrate the expansion of a training space for adults seeking to re-enter the workforce. Erie 1 BOCES Workforce Development Center has grown from 3,800 square- feet to 15,500 square-feet at their Walden Avenue location.
From healthcare and manufacturing skills to business support, nearly 20 programs for in-demand jobs will be offered to adults at this expanded location. This expansion was made possible thanks to the partnerships Erie 1 BOCES has established with many entities including, but not limited to, the Workforce Investment Board, NYS Department of Labor, Veterans Affairs and Benderson Development.
Recently, Erie 1 BOCES was awarded with a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to cover tuition for eligible adult welding students. The CFA was part of the governor's regional economic development initiative called "Advance Buffalo" (formerly known as the Buffalo Billion).
Each year, more than 2,500 adult learners look to Erie 1 BOCES to provide training and the skills needed to re-enter the workforce. Most of Erie 1 BOCES skilled training programs can be completed in one year or less. Full time and part time courses offered for in-demand jobs range from advanced manufacturing and health care to business support.
Visit www.e1b.org/AdultEd to learn more.