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Workforce Training

Fulton County has numerous educational and workforce training programs available to help and assist businesses maintain a trained workforce:

Fulton County Community College (FMCC)

Academic Programs:

FMCC, a college of the State University of New York, provides education and training programs for students that are tailored to the specific needs of business and industry groups. Academic programs in Electrical Technology, HVAC/R, Facilities, Maintenance, Construction Technology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking and Cyber Security are popular programs.

Advanced Institute for Manufacturing:

FMCC partners with The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing, or AIM, to provide non-credit and NYS DOL apprenticeship trainings in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. AIM’s mission is to provide small and medium sized manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region with training, consulting, and technology services that will lead to new product development, cost reductions, increased efficiency and profits.
AIM is designated by New York Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center (MEP). MEP has 588 field locations throughout the United States and more than 1,200 technical field staff.

Center for Employer Services:

FMCC’s Center for Employer Services plays a major role in developing workforce-development initiatives for local businesses. The Center offers customized training programs for businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Programs include, but are not limited to:

Industry & Workplace Safety Training:

• Forklift Operation Safety Certification
• CPR and First Aid Certification
• Industrial Electrical Maintenance
• Intro to Quality Management
• Sales and Customer Service

Professional Development and Management Training:

• Supervision
• Coaching
• Leadership
• Embracing Change
• Team Building
• Customer Service (Internal & External)
• Time Management
• Enhancing Communication Skills
• Writing, Speaking and Presentation Skills
• Train-the-Trainer
• Workforce Diversity
• Spanish for the Workplace
• Performance Management

Computer Applications:

• Microsoft Word 2013
• Microsoft Excel 2013
• Microsoft Publisher 2013
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
• AutoCAD
The Center schedules programs at the convenience of businesses. Most training is delivered at the business, which saves travel and reduces the time that workers are away from their jobs.
Training grants from the SUNY Workforce Development Grants for Community Colleges can be made available to businesses.


FMCC works with local businesses in providing internships to develop and inspire new talent and help shape curriculum. At present, the following businesses participate in FMCC’s internship program:
• Adio Chiropractic
• Adirondack Express Lube
• Albany Nanotech
• Amsterdam Auto Parts
• Amsterdam Family Practice
• Amsterdam Head Start
• Amsterdam High School
• Amsterdam Mohawks
• Argosy Global Financial LLC
• Arlene Sitterly Real Estate
• Aspen Dental
• Catholic Charities
• Canajoharie Central School System
• Case Supply
• City of Amsterdam
• Community Health Center
• Culligan Water
• Don Brown Bus
• Electro-Metrics
• Ellis Healthcare
• Dr. Etzkorn, MD
• The Family Counseling Center
• The Flooring Authority
• Fonda Fultonville Central School
• Fownes Brothers Co.
• Fucillo Chevrolet of Nelliston
• Fucillo of Amsterdam
• Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
• Fulton County Highway Department
• Fulton Friendship House
• Fulton Montgomery Community College
• Fulton and Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce
• Fulton County YMCA
• Akber Hassam, MD
• William Hassan, DDS
• Head Start
• HFM Prevention Council

Internships: (Continued)

• Hill & Markes Inc.
• Home Helpers/Direct Link of Amsterdam
• Vincent Giaimo, DDS
• Gloversville Senior Center
• GRENO Industries
• James Brennan Human Society
• Johnstown Senior Center
• Karpeles Museum of Gloversville
• Keymark Corporation
• Lexington
• Lexington Family Support
• Liberty Day Hab
• The London Stock Exchange
• Mental Health Association
• Mohawk Valley Orthopedics
• Montgomery Transitional Services
• Nathan Littauer Hospital
• New Dimensions in Healthcare
• New York State Assembly
• New York State Recreation and Park Society
• New York State Thruway Association
• Northeast Health
• Office for the Aging
• Planned Parenthood
• ReadyJet Technical Services
• Red Dragon Karate School/Eight Star Martial Arts, LLC
• Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL)
• Ricmar Design and Print
• Salon Seven
• Salisbury Auto Repair
• Salvation Army
• Samaritan Hospital
• The Sentinel of Amsterdam
• Sikorski Automotive
• Sportee Designs
• St. Mary’s Addiction Services
• St. Mary’s Healthcare
• St. Peter’s Nursing Home and Senior Care
• Steet Toyota
• Sunshine Kids Corner
• Sunflower Shoppe- Johnstown
• Townsend Leather
• West & Company, CPA’s PC
• Whistling Kettle- Ballston Spa
• WRGB-Chanel 6

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery (HFM) BOCES

Academic Programs:

HFM-BOCES main campus is adjacent to Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC), its educational partner for several programs and initiatives. This co-location of a BOCES and a community college is the only arrangement of this type in New York State. By co-locating both educational facilities in one location, HFM BOCES and FMCC have developed strong synergies in the field of workforce development and training.
HFM BOCES operates several workforce development and training programs that prepare high school students to enter the local workforce:

HFM Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH):

PTECH is a six-year program that uses project-based learning and professional skills training to prepare students for college and the workplace. Depending on their Pathway Cluster, students graduate with a degree from FMCC or SUNY Cobleskilll at no cost to families.
Three (3) PTECH schools have been created:
2) Agricultural PTECH
3) Foothills PTECH
Starting in July 2020, these three PTECH schools will co-locate and be organized into three “Pathway Clusters”.
1) Pathways in Business and Advanced Manufacturing
2) Pathways in Agriculture
3) Pathways in Medical/Health Sciences and Computer Science
Grade 9 and 10 students for all three Pathway Clusters will be located at the Glebe Street School in Johnstown. Grade 11 students in each pathway cluster will transition to HFM BOCES’ Main Campus and FMCC.
Grade 12 students enrolled in the Business and Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Cluster and the Medical/Health Science and Computer Science Pathways Cluster will attend FMCC and continue for two (2) additional years or until they complete the requirements for an Associate Degree.

Grade 12 students, enrolled in the Agriculture Pathways Cluster, will attend SUNY Cobleskill and continue for two (2) additional years or until they complete the requirements for an Associate Degree.

HFM Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH): (Continued)

HFM PTECH students choose from one of the following specific Pathways and degrees within the three (3) Pathway Clusters:
Degrees conferred by FMCC:
Advanced Manufacturing
• Electrical Technology
• Business Accounting
• Business Management
• Business Marketing
Computer Science
• Media Arts and Digital Technology
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Networking and Cybersecurity
Medical/Health Science
• Health Information Records Management
• Health Studies
• Chemical Abuse Counseling
• Radiological Technology

Degrees conferred by SUNY Cobleskill:
• Agriculture
• Agricultural Business
• Agricultural Science
• Agricultural Engineering Technology: Power Machinery
• Animal Industry
• Biological Technology
• Environmental Studies
• Fisheries and Wildlife Technologies
• Sustainable Crop Production
• Culinary Arts

HFM PTECH partners with dozens of regional businesses whose representatives serve as mentors for students. These business partners provide support to students through mentoring sessions on professional skills, workplace challenges, job shadowing opportunities and internships. Students who complete the PTECH program are often qualified to move right into jobs offered by partnering businesses. The HFM PTECH program is a valuable source of educated, trained employees for regional businesses.

HFM Career & Technical Education Center:

HFM’s Career & Technical Education Center offers students an avenue for career exploration and enrichment through practical learning applications. Juniors and seniors from HFM BOCES component school districts, who are interested in pursuing career training as part of their high school experience, are eligible to attend.
Students enrolled in one of the Center’s 16 programs are provided the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to succeed in college and the workplace. One- and two-year programs are available:
The Center offers the following programs:
• Auto Body Repair
• Auto Technology
• Construction Technology
• Cosmetology
• Criminal Justice
• Culinary Arts
• Cybersecurity & Computer Technology
• Digital Multimedia
• Engineering Technology
• Environmental Conservation
• Foundations of Food Services
• Medical Assisting
• New Visions Education
• New Visions Health Careers
• Skilled Trades: Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing
• Veterinary and Animal Science

HFM BOCES Adult Literacy Program:

This program provides skill development classes in reading, writing and math skills, High School Equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language, and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education programs for adult learners.
Job training for English language learners helps students develop language skills that help them succeed on the job, and they develop essential computer and Internet skills needed in today’s workforce.
Students prepare for certification in IC3 Digital Literacy to ensure they are prepared to succeed in a technology-based world. At the same time, they improve conversation, reading and writing skills, along with civics education, to help them succeed in the workplace, increase interaction with their children’s schools and in their neighborhoods.

Fulton Montgomery and Schoharie (FMS) Counties Workforce Development Board (WBD) Inc.

Through its FMS Workforce Solutions, the FMS WDB assists businesses in accessing programs and services available through a number of funding programs including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the New York State Department of Labor:

Job Postings:

Jobs can be posted with the New York State Job Bank (jobs.ny.gov) at no cost.

Career Fairs/Custom Recruiting:

These no-cost events enable businesses to meet several qualified candidates face-to-face. Events can be targeted to specific industries or to an individual business.

Skills Matching Services – NY Talent and SMART:

NY Talent helps businesses find the most qualified candidates for their job openings. It offers a job order tool and the ability to search resumes. SMART (Skills Matching and Referral Technology) is the sister tool that jobseekers use to build resumes and match to job orders. Both tools use artificial intelligence technology to analyze job orders and resumes using skills matching, rather than keyword matching.

Tax Credits:

There are a number of federal and state tax credits available to businesses who hire qualified individuals, which can offer substantial savings to a business.
• Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC):
A federal tax credit to promote hiring individuals from target groups, like veterans and youth.
• Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit (WETC):
A New York State tax credit that offers savings for hiring individuals with disabilities.
• Excelsior Jobs Program:
Provides tax credits for job creation in targeted industries, such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical, high-tech, clean-technology, green technology, financial services, agriculture and manufacturing.

Training Programs:

If a business needs to upgrade the skills of certain employees, or needs to train a new employee, FMS Workforce Solutions can refer the business to certified training providers or help set up an in-house training program. In some cases, there is funding available to help a business train new and current employees. Programs include:
• Employed Worker Training: Designed to meet the special requirements of an employer or group of employers and relates to the introduction of new technologies or productions or service procedures and upgrading to new jobs that require additional skills through on-the-job training. Reimbursement of up to 50% of training costs according to eligibility.

• On-the-Job Training (OJT): Specialized hands-on training that the employer develops and conducts to bridge skill gaps in a new hire. Up to 50% reimbursement according to eligibility.

• Customized Training: Customized training is specialized training offered by a training provider at the business facility or a classroom related to the introduction of new technologies, new production or service procedures, an upgrade to a new job that requires additional skills, workplace literacy, or other appropriate purposes. This training will enable YOUR workforce to be more productive and effective in their jobs with up-to-date skill sets.

• Apprenticeship Training: A combination of hands-on work experience and classroom instruction to produce a skilled worker.