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NYS looks to help job-seekers prepare for emerging careers

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 11:49:06-04
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A new partnership is meant to help prepare job-seekers for emerging careers by helping them adapt to evolving demands.

The New York State Department of Labor and SUNY Empire State have signed an agreement to create the Empire State Career Connector. It's a program to connect individuals to growing jobs sectors and the education they will need to take advatage of new opportunities.

“The types of work we do and the way we do them are constantly changing. That’s why this innovative partnership with SUNY Empire State College is so important in preparing New York’s workforce with the skills they need to thrive and excel in this ever-evolving landscape,” said New York State Labor Department Commissioner Roberta Reardon.

“The demands of the workforce are changing rapidly, and we need to think differently about how we educate people in this new world,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras. “The changing workforce requires continuous education through upskilling and our partnership with the Department of Labor will help people identify job opportunities near them and connect with the education they’ll need to advance their careers. I commend Commissioner Roberta Reardon and her team, and those at SUNY Empire who have worked so well in creating this innovative program.”

The Empire State Career Connector program will work with people to identify jobs, provide training and education, and then help connect those people to a job once complete. In order to minimize the cost and time spent earning a degree, SUNY empire will evaluate the person's previous education, training and life experience to award college credit for those experiences.