companies having a difficult time finding employees, the Saratoga-Adirondack Job
Service Employer Committee (JSEC) offers
a breakfast seminar from 8 a.m. to 10
April 4, “Nontraditional Resources for Finding Great Employees.” The location
will be Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. The cost is $5 per
person and includes coffee, juice, fresh fruit and muffins.
seminar will teach firms about programs available to locate workers. Participants
will also become familiar with the New York State Adult Career and Continuing
Education Services--Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) mission, whom is assisted,
services provided to achieve employment outcomes, how ACCES-VR helps disabled
individuals with the job-placement process, how ACCES-VR works with employers
and financial incentives for employers who hire people involved with ACCES-VR.
will also learn about the program Jobs for Heroes--The Returning Heroes Tax
Credit. Participants will get an overview of each plan, and also gain insight
into what these programs have to offer for businesses and how they can help firms
find great employees.
include Melissa Strauss and Leslie Carroll. Strauss has a B.S. in special education
from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.S. in vocational
rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in the
field of vocational rehabilitation assisting disabled individuals with becoming
employed since the late 1970s. She has been a certified vocational
rehabilitation counselor for NYS ACCES-VR for 11 years. She serves adults in Saratoga County and special-needs
students in two high schools in Washington County.
has a masters of science in psychology from Chadwick
University and a Family Development Credential from Cornell
University. She provides counselor support at the Women Veterans'
Retreats at Wiawaka Holiday house on Lake
George each year. She is
presently a counselor for veterans at Saratoga Veterans Housing, Employment and
Lifeskills Programs in Ballston Spa and is herself a
veteran of the United States Navy. She has done crisis intervention with
veterans, teens and adults. She has worked with the Crisis Action Network as
well as the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Saratoga-Adirondack JSEC is a joint project of the New York State Department of
Labor and of employers in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. JSEC offers breakfast
seminars every other month on topics of interest to business owners and human
resource professionals. The $5 cost for
the program goes directly into a scholarship fund for BOCES students living in the
three counties who are continuing their education beyond high school. Longfellow’s
owner, Steve Sullivan, donates the space and the meal in support of this
scholarship program. The all-volunteer Steering Committee coordinates the
seminar topics and the scholarship program.
For more information about JSEC, the scholarship program or the Steering
Committee, call Kimberly Haviland at the New York State Department of Labor at 743-0925,
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is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are
available upon prior request to disabled individuals.