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Release: June 17, 2019

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Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) announces 3-month training program through The Center for Workforce Development at Nassau Community College to help 18-24 year olds gain entry into the utilities field

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) is encouraging local youths who are interested in non-traditional pathways to education and employment to register for and attend URGENT: YOUTH, a free career-training program designed to prepare those aged 18-24 to qualify for in-demand jobs in the gas, water and electric industries. This program offers classroom instruction in Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF), OSHA 10, employability workshops and industry field trips. The URGENT Program will begin in September 2019.  Mandatory orientation and information sessions will take place in June and July.

This training opportunity for youth includes a convenient class schedule, access to job shadowing and role models in the field and the ability to earn two industry certifications—one in EIF and the other in OSHA 10. After successfully completing the program, participants will be introduced to recruiters from participating companies. Partner employers include:

“For many current students and young people, the traditional pathway of a basic high school education and then on to a four-year college may not be the ideal route to take,” McDonough said. “Non-traditional pathways to education and employment, such as the one offered through the URGENT: YOUTH program may be the right alternative for you. Non-traditional vocational employment programs offer many benefits like lower student debt, job training and preparedness, advanced job opportunities, high starting salaries and much more. I am encouraging those who are interested in vocational training and sought after jobs in the gas, water and electric industries to register and attend URGENT: YOUTH and begin your workforce development training this summer.”

Register to Attend an Orientation Session. Upcoming Orientation Dates and Locations:

Date: Tuesday June 25, 2019

Time: 10a.m.-12p.m.

Location: Town of Oyster Bay Workforce Development Board 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa, NY

Date: Monday July 1, 2019

Time: 10a.m.-12p.m.

Location: Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources 50 Clinton Street, Suite 400 Hempstead, NY

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Time: 10a.m.-12p.m.

Location: Nassau Community College One Education Drive, Tower Building, 11th Floor, Garden City, NY

Upcoming Course Dates and Locations:

Dates: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from September 16-December 13, 2019

Times: 10a.m.-2:30p.m.

Location: Nassau Community College, Garden City, with select one-day on sites at PSEG Long Island, National Grid, American Water, Suffolk County Water Authority and Con Edison.

Click on this link to view a video and learn more about the URGENT program from past students:  https://www.ncc.edu/continuingeducation/workforcedevelopment/.  Go to the URGENT box and click on the arrow in the corner.

Assemblyman McDonough represents the 14th District, which includes Merrick, Bellmore, North Bellmore, Seaford, Wantagh and parts of Levittown and Roosevelt. For more information please visit his official website.