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New Thruway Authority Scholarship promotes skilled trades

Posted at 11:20 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 23:20:57-04
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The New York State Thruway Authority is teaming up with SUNY schools to help train the next generation of skilled workers.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the Thruway Authority Skilled Trades Scholarship Program.

The Thruway Authority will collaborate with New York State schools offering programs in various trades such as carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing, and provide students the opportunity to jumpstart their career with the Thruway Authority while gaining valuable on-the-job skills training.

Ten students will be selected in the pilot program this year to work in each of the Thruway Authority's maintenance divisions across the state.

Students enrolled in vocational/technical programs, or accepted for enrollment at a trade school or college-level program, can apply for the scholarship program.

Applicants are required to submit an employment application and provide two letters of recommendation. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee, which will interview and select the qualified candidates this summer.

Selected applicants will be awarded $1,000 toward their education while joining the Thruway Authority workforce to apply their skills. As full-time Thruway Authority employees, the participants will be eligible for the Thruway Authority's tuition reimbursement program to further fund their education expenses.

During the program, participants will continue to attend classes and obtain the necessary qualifications for progressive levels of the program. With proper training and experience, the candidates will be appointed to a journey level trade position with the Thruway Authority once they meet the minimum qualifications.

The deadline for students to submit an application is May 31, 2019. Interested students can find out more information about the program and apply here.