Monday, 30 November 2015 11:44

SUNY Oswego Steps Up in Face of Potential Job Losses Locally

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SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley today (Nov. 30) outlined ways the college can help to counteract the deleterious economic effects of the looming loss of more than 600 nuclear plant jobs in Oswego County.

"SUNY Oswego stands ready to assist our community," Stanley said. "The direct loss of jobs if the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant closes would be one blow, but as it rippled through our economy, many other jobs would be threatened as the salaries and taxes associated with the mothballed plant and its employees disappeared. SUNY Oswego could provide career counseling to individuals affected as well as labor market analysis to facilitate efficient and coordinated response by government and community agencies."

Stanley noted that SUNY Oswego staffs the Oswego County Workforce Development Board and will support its efforts to comply with the state's Rapid Response Program to manage potential job losses.

Among the strategies the college can employ are:

- assessment of worker skill sets

- offering courses and degree and certificate programs aligned with workforce training or re-training needs

- providing workshops for workers on resume writing and job interviewing

- analyzing labor market patterns and the career paths with the greatest potential for workers

- partnering with area businesses and new ventures through Start-Up NY

- providing support to displaced workers who wish to start businesses through the college-based Small Business Development Program

The largest employer in Oswego County, SUNY Oswego has provided the educational foundation for the careers of nearly 25,000 current residents of Central New York. "With our partners at the state, county and local level, our college will help Oswego County keep an even keel and weather this storm," Stanley said.

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