About Our Organization
Greater Syracuse Works,
Inc. (GSW) was formalized in 1997 as a voluntary collaborative organization
of local community-based, faith-based, nonprofit, governmental and
educational organizations dedicated to increasing employment and family
successes for low-income residents of
Central New York
. GSW earned it’s 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 2004.
GSW is, by its very nature, a network of community resources. GSW
membership meets regularly and consists of many agencies committed to
developing employment opportunities for the low income population in
. Members currently include: Center
for Community Alternatives, Frank
H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Spanish
Action League of Onondaga County, Inc., Onondaga
Case Management Services, The
Consortium for Children's Services Inc., Westcott
Community Center, Legal
Services of Mid New York, Partners
in Business and Education, Partners in Learning,
PEACE, Inc., Huntington
Family Services, Women's
Opportunity Center, Literacy
Coalition of Onondaga County, Matawon Development Corp., Syracuse
Housing Authority, InterFaith
for Court Innovations.
Our members have worked
together on many projects since GSW’s inception.
mission is to develop innovative methods of creating and sustaining
employment opportunities for low income individuals in the Greater Syracuse
area through collaboration and capacity building among GSW members and with
other community stakeholders.
As outlined above,
through its nature as a collaboration, GSW has helped member agencies,
individually and collectively, leverage funding from all levels of
government. Given its history and purpose, GSW clearly also has extensive
experience in workforce programming and training.
Through its projects GSW
has worked to expand the capacity of its members to provide workforce
programming to low income person utilizing an individualized case management
model developed through PSI. Agencies
(primarily through PSI and SHA Works) are provided training, implementation
support, and oversight through a central project office.
The employment case management model (and staff training) utilized by
assessment and interest inventory
of barriers and goal setting
readiness support (job searching and interviewing skills)
of community resources as wrap around services
development and business relations
placement and Retention strategies
Through CCA’s REAL
program, GSW has developed a group job readiness curriculum that compliments
the case management model but also involves more peer inaction and group
learning in the job readiness process.
In order to enhance GSW’s
ability to provide training and support for both the case management model
and group curriculum, GSW’s Career Resources Coordinator is currently
participating in Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Training
offered by the New York Department of Probation and
Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) in conjunction with the National
Institute of Corrections (NIC) the NYS Department of Labor (DOL) and county
probation departments. The OWDS curriculum leads to NCDA certification as a
Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).
The OWDS training includes the eleven competency areas, each of which
must be satisfactorily completed to be eligible for certification. The
competency areas are:
and Using Facilitation Skills
of Assessment in Career Planning and Job Placement
and Group Facilitation
and Implementing Training and Work Development Services
and the Career Development Facilitator
Interventions for the Offender Population
Seeking and Employability Skills
Role of Information and Computers in Career Planning
Trainees receive intensive,
competency-based instruction which includes 180 hours of classroom training,
e-learning modules and practicum experience. In addition, the curriculum is
a “train-the-trainer” course.
The OWDS Partnership
Training Program provides participants with the skills needed to help
individuals with criminal histories seek, secure, and maintain employment,
although the competencies are applicable to other populations as well. The
training program provides the competencies needed for certification as a
Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) as well as Offender Workforce
Development Specialist Instructor (OWDS-I). The certification process is
administered by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE). GSW’s
Career Resources Coordinator will complete the training in August, 2009.
GSW’s president has already completed the training and is in the
process of obtaining the GCDF.
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