Broome Opportunity Center offers free tuition to unemployed workers

By Kelly McCarthy

Broome Opportunity Center offers free tuition to unemployed workers

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Up to 100 unemployed workers could get free job training thanks to a new Binghamton Opportunity Center (BOC).

The BOC is a partnership between SUNY Broome and the Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs in Binghamton.

People must be out of work for at least twenty weeks and there is no income guideline to qualify.

"We're going to have career and college readiness training," said CEO of the Broome County Urban League Jennifer Lesko, "We're going to have literacy training, some math skills, really looking at some remedial courses to put folks you know on the right path."

The new program uses SUNY Broome courses and counselors at the already located ATTAIN labs in Binghamton to get unemployed workers career ready.

"The best thing is that the collaborative nature of this new program is so incredible and the fact that folks can come in," Lesko said, "Meet with a counselor or case manager and really map out their own goal."

The project is funded by a $100,000 Regional Economic Development Grant.

The BOC pilot program could eventually jump start a full-fledged Educational Opportunity Center, which are found in other regions of the state.

Classes begin March 17 and are offered on a rolling basis through March 16, 2015.

If interested, contact ATTAIN Site Supervisor Karen Wike at (607) 772- 4765 or karen.wike@bing.attain.suny.edu

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