Workforce & Education

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To cultivate, attract and empower skilled workers, and will foster an entrepreneurial spirit and the renewal of our communities.

Committee Chair: Howard Mettlemen, District Superintendent Sole Supervisory District of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties


Pat Costello, IBEW-43, President
Steve DiMeo, EDGE, President
Ray Durso, Genesis Group, Executive Director
Greg Evans, Indium Corporation, President
Keith Fenstemacher, Mohawk Valley Health Network, Former President
Robert Geer, SUNYPOLY, Senior Vice President
Terry Humphries, Working Solutions of Rome, Development Manager
Laura Casamento, Utica College, President
Bruce Karam, Utica City School District, Superintendent
Kim Lambert, Utica College, Senior Executive Associate to the President and Vice President for Planning and Facilities Oversight
Dave Langone, Whitesboro Central School District, Superintendent
Kevin Marken, On Point for College, Utica Director
Darby O’Brien, Utica Public Library, Library Director
Shawna Papale, EDGE, Sr. Vice President
Alice Savino, Working Solutions, Exec. Dir Workforce Investment Board
Jeff Simons, Rome School District, Superintendent
Eve Van de Wal, Excellus BC/BS, Regional President
Larry Daniello, City of Rome, Chief of Staff
Jackie Izzo, Mayor of Rome, Mayor

Click Here for PDF of the Vision 2020 Progress Report

The Workforce & Education committee brings together public and private educational institutions and systems, private industry, community agencies and government to focus on cultivating, attracting, and empowering a skilled workforce.

2014-2015 Highlights:

  • Increased internships more than 50% from 2013
  • Formed Nanotechnology Advisory Board to help the community prepare for the specific skills and training that will be needed
  • Conducted needs assessment of workforce system partners to ensure training and program offering to meet business and industry demands

2016 Action Items:

  • Increase internships by an additional 50%
  • Convene workgroup to revamp workforce/employment system related to Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act
  • Develop County-wide outreach plan to help ensure awareness of three regional career opportunities

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