Workforce Development

The Office of Economic Development and its partners are committed to helping employers recruit, hire, train and retain qualified workers. These partners offer a wide range of services to match area employers with the ideal candidates.

CNY Works

CNY Works coordinates local workforce activities for employers and job seekers. They develop educational and training programs for incumbent workers, youth, and adult job seekers who are in need of activities to enhance their employment opportunities. CNY Works also provides grants for employer identified training necessary to improve the specific skills sets of its employees.

Department of Labor

The New York State Department of Labor works with businesses and individuals to connect job seekers with jobs, provide training and apprenticeship programs, and provide up to date employment data.

Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College (OCC) operates an Applied Technology Center designed to address the technical training requirements of local companies, including call centers. The Center can design and implement training programs to accommodate a company's specific requirements.

Talent and Education Development (TEDCenter) at Syracuse University

The TEDCenter is housed at University College and dedicated to improving the quality of the existing and emerging workforce in the Central New York Region by bringing regional education, economic development and workforce development sectors into closer alignment. Our goal is to ensure that the education and training delivered to students, incumbent workers and career changers provide them with the skills they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Central New York Technology Development Organization (CNYTDO)

As a regional member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CNYTDO is able to deliver various programs on Lean Manufacturing in classroom settings. CNYTDO recognizes that changing methods, methodologies and culture will not happen overnight. Utilizing its resources and those of the 200+ member organization NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, CNYTDO provides customized solutions to members of the Central New York region helping with Lean, Six Sigma and Quality System implementations.

Training Within Industry Institute

The Training Within Industry (TWI) Institute provides education, training, materials, implementation guidance and connections to TWI practitioners and leaders in industry and business. TWI is a dynamic program which uses a learn-by-doing approach to teach essential skills for supervisors and team leaders from all types of industries and businesses.

Manufacturers' Association of Central New York (MACNY)

MACNY is one of the oldest manufacturers' associations in the nation. MACNY provides members with the tools, information, and resources they need to compete. Its portfolio of service features regional employee compensation information, human resource consulting, purchasing consortia to reduce costs, custom training, and a connection to an extensive network of manufacturing professionals on both the state and national level.

Onondaga, Cortland, Madison BOCES

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES develops and provides educational programs and services of the highest quality for businesses, school districts and the community. OCM BOCES will customize training programs for a business located within its three county area. Training is provided at a business location or in one of BOCES' classrooms. Successful programs include mechanical, electrical and computer training, professional development and customer service.

Onondaga County Employee Productivity Program

The Office of Economic Development offers an Employee Productivity Program (EPP) that provides matching grants, up to $12,500, for production and first line supervisory personnel. EPP will fund 50% of the cost of third-party training for employer-identified skill and productivity improvement classes.

CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

CenterState CEO advocates for workforce priorities that support business needs, drive equitable and sustainable development and establish CenterState New York as a location of choice for employers and employees. CenterState CEO pursues alignment between the region's available talent and its considerable opportunities by promoting academic assets, supporting targeted outreach and networking initiatives, and encouraging an entrepreneurial environment.

CenterState CEO’s talent programs provide comprehensive resources that align CenterState New York’s workforce with employment opportunities in the region, including: