Utica to receive $600K for job programs as part of fight against gun violence

Associated Press

The city of Utica is getting $600,000 to support workforce training and job placement programs as part of the state’s gun violence disaster emergency declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 6.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 11:51 AM

UTICA, N.Y. – The city of Utica is getting $600,000 to support workforce training and job placement programs as part of the state’s gun violence disaster emergency declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 6.

A total of $16 million was designated to 20 targeted cities with high gun violence rates.

The Utica funding is expected to support job training and career placement services for at least 120 at-risk residents ages 18 – 24.

"This new funding, for job training and stable, good-paying career placement opportunities for our most vulnerable young people across New York State, does just that,” said Cuomo. “It's an investment in our economy, in our recovery, and in our security. And it's a beacon of hope for a generation that too often feels bereft of it."

As part of this initiative, the state will partner with local workforce development groups to create a direct line from training to permanent careers in any of the following areas:

  • Truck, bus and automobile mechanical repair and maintenance
  • Commercial Drivers Licenses
  • Construction management
  • Culinary, baking and food service
  • Health care
  • Building trades apprenticeships
  • IT software and support
  • Cyber security
  • Building services
  • Hospitality and tourism

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