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Welcome to Capital Region Workforce Board, serving Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.

“creating pathways to better careers and economic growth”

Capital Region Workforce Development Board

Capital Region Workforce Development Board


creating pathways to better careers and economic growth

Hudson Valley Community College is teaming up with Career Jam this Fall to bring you not one, but TWO incredible CapNY events! Join us on October 4th at HVCC's north campus at Tec-Smart in Ballston Spa, and on October 19th when we'll be at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy! These events are tailored for students in 8th and 9th grade, offering them a unique opportunity to explore local businesses and envision their future careers. What's even more exciting is that many of these career paths align perfectly with HVCC's extensive range of 80+ degree and certificate programs. Don't miss out on this chance to inspire and ignite the career dreams of our future leaders! Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Capital Region Chamber Capital Region BOCES Capital Region Workforce Development Board Questar III BOCES #HVCC #CareerJam #CapNYEvents #FutureLeaders #CareerReadiness #CareerSupport ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to Plug Power Inc. for hosting our quarterly meeting of the Capital Region Workforce Development Board. The innovations and impact of great businesses in our region show the economic strength of the Capital Region globally. Attracting, building, and retaining our skilled workforce is the center of what we do every day in our career centers, educational and community partners and the workforce development system as a whole. ... See MoreSee Less
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Employment & Training CounselorSchenectady County ConnectsSchenectady, NY$53,792/YR - Full-timePlease submit resume to jennifer.bargy@dfa.state.ny.us by September 22, 2023.Job description:The work involves responsibility for providing professional counseling and vocational guidance and related services to individuals participating in various aspects of the local Employment and Training Program. The duties involve assisting multi-problem participants in entering full-time employment. The Employment and Training Counselor is called upon to exercise professional judgment in crisis situations, client intervention and in meeting the needs of difficult to serve clients. Work is performed independently under the general supervision, with guidance provided as necessary, as well as instruction on individual problem cases. The incumbent does related work as required.Qualifications:- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a master's degree in human services, social work, counseling, or a related course of study structured to prepare individuals in the field of counseling; OR- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, counseling, or a related course of study structured to prepare individuals in the field of counseling and two years of experience as a Counselor, Caseworker, or a related position with similar duties and responsibilities; OR- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in any field and thirty credit hours in human services, social work, or Counseling and four years of experience as defined in above ... See MoreSee Less
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Whether you represent a local business or are a job seeker in search of employment or a new career, you are invited to put the Capital Region Workforce Development Board to work for you. Everything you need to find – to train and retain employees, or to land the job you want – is right here. Most of the services we provide are at no cost to you, and our top-notch professional staff is ready to help. Learn more about the resources, services and programs that the Capital Region Workforce Development Board has to offer.

– Brian J. Williams, Executive Director

The services we provide at our 3 centers.


We can assist your Human Resources Team with finding grants to train workers, strengthen your workforce, access labor market information, network with other businesses, create a custom staffing solution or speak with our business representative and post your job openings.


The Career Centers of Capital Region provide a variety of services that will help you find a job. Use our phone, fax, copier and computers for your job search. Meet with a Career Counselor or learn more about how you can enhance your skills. Check out our hot jobs!


If you are a youth between the ages of 16 – 24 and would like information or job training and placement opportunities, we can help! Are you earning your high school equivalency diploma? trying to obtain work experience opportunities? Come in to our career centers to get the help you need to succeed.


We Offer Priority of Service to Veterans.
A covered person under the Final Rule is a veteran or an eligible spouse of a veteran. Priority of service means that a “covered person” shall be given priority over a “non‐covered” person for the receipt of employment, training and placement services.

Success stories.

As a single parent, Desiree worked various low paying jobs from retail to daycare to support herself and her two daughters. It was with the help and encouragement of an Employment Specialist at the City of Albany, Department of Youth and Workforce Services and through the services offered through the One- STOP Center, that she discovered that she had a passion for Nursing. During her sessions with the team at the Department of Youth and Workforce Services, she developed a comprehensive career plan that included training providers, financial cost & tuition assistance programs, and clear short term goals. Fast forward, Desiree secured a position at an area nursing home, while training as a certified nursing assistant. Obtained her C.N. A. license and worked very hard to support her two daughters through college. This year, Desiree enrolled in LPN Classes at BOCES after attending the Financial Aid for Training Workshop. Desiree was eligible to use federal funding through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act to offset tuition cost. Desiree is currently enrolled and attending the Licensed Practical Nursing Program (BOCES) and is expected to graduate in June 2020. Although, she is working full-time while attending training at night, she is excited about her future. Her long range goals include eventually pursuing her RN Degree and becoming a homeowner in Albany through the HABITAT for Humanity Program.


Single mother funded at the Albany Can Code program who was unemployed and on social services for several years and had an interest in computers. She was connected to the program by Career Center WorkForce advisors who saw potential. Customer successfully graduated from the program and has been gainfully employed since with exceptional earnings. This allowed her to move out of public housing and provide a self-sufficient life for her and her family.


Through our Summer Youth Employment Program we served a young man in a computer program where students learned the basics of refurbishing and repairing old computer systems. At the end of the program, successful students were able to keep their computers to use them for educational needs. One of our students successfully completed the program, went on to graduate from high school and pursued Computer technology. He now works as a computer technician for the Schenectady City School District.


About the Area.

Our service area consists of Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer counties, covering the majority of the heart of the Capital Region. The Capital Region has emerged in recent years as an anchor of Tech Valley, the moniker describing our technologically-focused region of Upstate New York. Here’s why:

Higher education institutions, including world-renowned research universities and nationally ranked schools

Albany’s rank in U.S. News’ “10 Best Places to Find a Job in Technology”

Albany’s rank on ZipRecruiter’s list of the country’s fastest-growing tech job markets

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