Welcome to Capital Region Workforce Board, serving Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.
“creating pathways to better careers and economic growth”
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
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.
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