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  • ICT Program Summary

    Greater Syracuse Works Inc., the Westcott Community Center and the Manufacturer’s Association of Central NY announce two new training and job placement projects funded by the NYS Department of Labor programs. The Job Training Initiative (operated by the Westcott Community Center ) and the MACNY NAM program (operated by the Manufacturers Association of CNY) are12-month placement and job training programs.  Through a shared program management partnership with The Westcott Community Center and the Manufacturers Association of CNY, Greater Syracuse Works will oversee a unified recruitment, enrollment, job readiness and case management process for both programs.  These projects are wide ranging collaborations with numerous community partners. The projects are anticipated to begin enrollment on January 4, 2010. Click here for more information about this program


  • GSW created the nationally recognized Parent Success Initiative (PSI). PSI has served Onondaga County ’s non-custodial parents for the majority of the past 10 years.  The program has provided employment case management services to over 2600 non-custodial parents and has helped over 700 of these participants to find and keep employment and pay their child support.  The program was originally funded from 1999 – 2004 with a USDOL Welfare to Work and involved approximately 15 partner agencies.  From 2004-2005 a smaller version of PSI was funded though an arrangement with the Onondaga County Department of Social Services and included 3 partner agencies. Since 2006, PSI has been funded though the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative of the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as one of five state pilot programs and includes 10 partner agencies.  Funding for the PSI state pilot will run through September of 2009.

OCM BOCES has served as the grantee and fiscal agent for PSI.  GSW and its partner agencies have worked with OCM BOCES to: provide direct employment services to participants; offer staff development training to project staff and partners; provide administrative oversight; and identify, develop and implement best practices. 


  • From 2002-2005, GSW served as a partner in the Center Community Alternatives’ US DOL funded Youth Reentry program.  GSW marshaled the resources of PSI and of several GSW members to help CCA provide direct employment services and resources to youth returning from the Onondaga County Correctional Facility.  

  • GSW participated in a collaborative VISTA project with Le Moyne College to engage students and faculty in projects that will help member agencies better serve their participants’ employment needs.  Participants from 10 GSW member agencies participated in a needs assessment survey in the fall of 2004, which formed the basis for specific projects that took place in the following academic year. GSW member agencies participated in service learning projects that have helped to create marketing, educational, and training tools that are utilized by agencies and their participants.

  • In 2008, received a sub-contract from the Syracuse Housing Authority to operate a new grant program called SHA Works, funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The three year program assists public housing residents in the City of Syracuse in finding employment and advancing their self-sufficiency through a variety of case management services using the employment case management model developed through PSI.  The program manages the work of two full time case managers working with roughly 80 participants per year.

  • Also in 2008, GSW received a sub-contract from the Center for Community Alternatives’ (CCA) to develop and provide job readiness curriculum for its Reintegration and Empowering a Life (REAL) program which is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The curriculum is designed to help prepare participants to earn the National Work Readiness Credential, which is a “soft skills” credential.  Individuals in REAL have had previous substance use and criminal history issues that have been barriers to successful employment and job retention.  GSW manages the work of the Job Readiness class instructor, who teaches the classes and manages the Career Resources Center on site at CCA.