GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner, in his Labor Day report, said he wanted to assure residents that the town is “working hard” to help the unemployed.
Feiner pointed to several of the town’s initiatives, including a Job Club which allows residents and non-residents alike to alert the town about job opportunities. The openings are placed on a weekly e-list, which job hunters, who subscribe, can then explore, the supervisor said.
More than 200 people have found employment through the Job Club, Feiner said.
Feiner also said that town and school officials have been collaborating on a new technology program at Woodlands High School.
The goal, he said, is to create a course of study that will prepare students for careers in “high-wage, high-demand” positions such as computer coding and programming, application development, network management, and data analysis.
Also in the planning stages, Feiner said in his report, is a joint public/private partnership with the Theodore Young Community Center. This program would train the hard-core unemployed to become painters, he said.
The community center is also hosting a program which trains barbers, Feiner said.
Town and school officials, and local architects, have also gotten together to start an “innovative” mentoring program, according to Feiner.
Under this initiative, which was launched in January, future architects and engineers are eligible to receive $10,000 scholarships. The first group of Woodlands students completed the program in June, he said.
Greenburgh has also been working with biotech giants such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Acorda Therapeutics Inc., Feiner said. By turning itself into “the biotech capital of the Hudson Valley,” the town also hopes to create more jobs, he said.
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