Cleanup of Schenectady’s shuttered Carver Community Center begins

Students from the Schenectady-WIN program part of the efforts Excerpted from The Daily Gazette, March 26, 2019 Cleanup of the shuttered Carver Community Center took place on Tuesday as the group behind its renovation was getting it ready for contractors to walk through. Several students from the Schenectady Working In Neighborhoods program — also known as Schenectady-WIN — … Read more

Schenectady-WIN a win for the trades

Excerpted from The Daily Gazette, April 28, 2018 Jie Ma is about to graduate from a training program with a job guarantee. But when I ask him why he spent 18 months learning construction, earning his high school equivalency degree, a certificate of employability and sitting through a course in life skills, his answer is … Read more

Building Better Workers

Excerpted from the Times Union, April 14, 2018 Keenan Chandler has always been interested in construction work, and after six weeks in the classroom he can’t wait to get out into the field and get some real-world practical experience. On Friday, the 2017 Schenectady High School graduate was one of five participants in former Union … Read more

Program Offers Dropouts a Career in Construction

Excerpted from The Daily Gazette, October 30, 2016 Rockie Mann owns his own construction company, and he’s always looking for good, skilled workers. Trouble is, such workers are hard to find. It’s a common lament, one I’ve heard from others who work in the trades. Mann told me that he’s hired people who seemed promising, … Read more

Four Keys to Success with a GED

Excerpted from the Times Union, October 10, 2016 Some think those on welfare like to sit back and collect their checks; others believe most people would prefer to work, rather than be on welfare. I am firmly in the latter camp. Through Schenectady-WIN, a newly formed nonprofit, we are about to find out who is … Read more

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