NYS $427G grant for LI job training program

The $427,535 state grant, awarded to the Hempstead The $427,535 state grant, awarded to the Hempstead Town Department of Occupational Resources, will help residents 18 and older find employment. (Oct. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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A job training program for poor and unemployed Long Islanders is getting $427,535 from New York State.

The grant, to the Hempstead Town Department of Occupational Resources, will help residents 18 and older find employment. It includes seminars on working as a paralegal or in information technology for health care.

Hofstra University is providing the training at five One-Stop Career Centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The state grant was approved last week by Empire State Development Corp. on a recommendation from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

Hempstead Town will add $112,465 to fund the program.

Barry Greenspan, program administrator in Empire State's Hauppauge office, said 152 people have completed the course so far and 42 have found jobs. The program is expected to run through May, 2014.

Kenneth Adams, president of Empire State, said the grant was among several being awarded across the state for job training. One goal of the state's 10 regional development councils, appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo nearly three years ago, is to identify ways to help dislocated workers find jobs.

"This work is really critical," Adams told the Empire State board. "We need to help people adapt to changes in the economy and the needs of employers."

The jobless rate on Long Island in May was 6.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier, according to the state Labor Department. The June rate will be released later this month.

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