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Workforce Advancement

A strong workforce means a vibrant economy. Through connecting businesses and educational partners, we're committed to creating a quality workforce pipeline, with critical skills for the 21st century market.

The Chamber partnered with Questar III BOCES to produce a series of workforce development videos to encourage students to pursue careers in the trades. If you have questions or would like to be involved in a video, please contact Maureen McGuinness at (518) 687-1244.

 

With a rapidly evolving, global economy, the race for talent is increasingly competitive. In every industry, employers are asking the same question: How are we going to attract, train and retain the best workers? Education, development and retention are the key to our region’s future and continued economic growth.

At the core of the Chamber is the commitment to ensuring that current and future generations have career opportunities in our area by enhancing the quantity and quality of talent development.

The Chamber is dedicated to providing programs and services to preserve and attract talent in the region and ensure members remain highly competitive. We aim to support the talent needs of all business.

Our work with our region’s school districts is transforming the outcomes of students by working to ensure they graduate career- and college-ready. The Bob Horan Workforce Development Initiative is aligning efforts to expose and prepare local students to job opportunities created in our area. We work to ensure the Chamber provides the avenue for members to grow and retain their current and future talent pipeline.

From assisting educators in finding mentors for students and externship opportunities to matching students with internship and shadowing opportunities and exposing them to the multitude of careers, our workforce development initiative is creating a platform to connect the educational community to the business community for the betterment of our region.

The Bob Horan Initiative for Workforce Readiness

This initiative is committed to fostering dynamic relationships between educators and business professionals. Programs from this initiative include our annual symposium in October and any subsequent event, project and partnership connected to workforce readiness.

Northern Rivers Family of Services announced that Matt Waskiewicz, has been promoted to Director of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for Northern Rivers. Waskiewicz will oversee the a team that provides Medicaid-funded habilitative and support services to children throughout Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Greene,…
Pioneer Bank announced that they will be hosting a free career fair, Hiring Our Heroes: Veterans Career Fair, on Wednesday, September 19, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at their headquarters at 652 Albany Shaker Road, Albany. This special community job fair is tailored to Veterans, active members of the military and their families and it will provide a…
BST & Co. CPAs, LLP, one of the Capital Region’s leading financial and management consulting firms, announced a series of promotions within its audit and accounting department. Jeremy DeBarr, Mike Evans and Brandon Smith have each been named senior associate within the department. “We are pleased to announce these advancements at BST,” said…
Aug
20
Join us as for a ribbon cutting celebration of SaraBella's newest location! SaraBella Pizza is family owned and operated. We have been serving the capital…
10 a.m.
Aug
21
Learn must-have skills that every leader and manager need in order to become more strategic in today's world. Every leader and manager has to successfully…
11:30 a.m. Check-in & Luncheon; 12-1 p.m. Training
Aug
23
Join us as for a ribbon cutting celebration of Flowers By Pesha's new downtown Troy location! Flowers by Pesha is a full-service floral shop owned by…
4:00 p.m.