ONEONTA, NY — Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) visited the Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Oneonta Career Center, which links employers with skilled employees, and workers with the resources they need to develop their careers. During the visit, Rep. Delgado met with workforce center leadership and clients and discussed his efforts in Congress to support workforce development programs. Today’s visit also included discussion of Rep. Delgado’s Gateway to Careers Act, which would enable more students to enroll in and complete career pathway programs.
“I’m thankful to the folks at CDO Workforce for the robust discussion and hands-on look at the critical work they do to connect their clients with jobs and the skills necessary for the modern economy—especially helping our veterans find employment when they return from service.” Delgado continued, “workforce development programs are essential to growing the upstate economy, and I am deeply committed to enhancing career and technical education programs across our district to ensure young people are given every opportunity to succeed. This is why I introduced the Gateway to Careers Act, which would support organizations that help connect students enrolled in community college and career and technical education (CTE) programs, like CDO Workforce, with social services. By making sure that students have access to health care, childcare and transportation services, we can help ensure that they will be able to acquire the credentials needed for good paying jobs and fill critical gaps in our upstate workforce.”
Earlier this month, Rep. Delgado introduced the Gateway to Careers Act to create a career pathway grant program that would fund partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development partners such as state workforce development boards, industry associations, and community-based organizations. These programs would support efforts to offer wrap around services including child care, opioid addiction treatment, transportation, and other forms of assistance for community college and career and technical education (CTE) students.