HOPE Wins 2013 New York Association of Employment and Training Professionals Award

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The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals Honors Two Exceptional Workforce Professionals, One Results-Driven Training Program, and Launches their Youth Success Website Focused on Youth Employment in NYS.

Today, the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) honored three exceptional leaders in the field of workforce development. The awards luncheon was held in conjunction with NYATEP’s annual fall conference, at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs November 18-20, 2013, for workforce development professionals from across the Northeast.

This year’s conference includes workshops on exceptional programs and ideas that address the urgent need for quality education and job training, and providing responsive services to New York’s employers.

"We are delighted to honor today three incredibly deserving workforce leaders for their dedication to all New Yorkers," said Laura Quigley, NYATEP Board President, and Director of the Workforce Development Board of Sullivan County. "Each honoree has shown their commitment to the field countless times, and in a time of dwindling resources these innovators deserve to be lauded by their peers for their continued accomplishments."

Ms. Tara Colton, Associate Vice President for Policy and Planning at FEGS was awarded the Statewide Workforce Leadership Award; Mr. David Mathis, Oneida County Workforce Development was awarded the Workforce Leadership Award and The Hope Program, received the Workforce Program Award. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Jeff Lawrence, Executive Vice President at the Center for Economic Growth.

"I am deeply honored to receive the NYATEP 2013 Statewide Leadership Award for developing the Know Before You Enroll campaign, which sounded the alarm about predatory training providers taking advantage of New Yorkers who are nothing more than genuinely eager to improve their skills," said Tara Colton, "Too many New Yorkers have spent time, money, energy, and most importantly hope on useless degrees that plunged them into debt and did little to improve their job prospects. I am proud that our campaign’s core messages – to do your research, trust your gut, and know your rights – helped many New Yorkers avoid the same fate.

2013 Workforce Program Award Honoree
The HOPE Program empowers New Yorkers living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment and advancement, in Brooklyn, NY. HOPE enrolls 250 new students each year and serves hundreds of additional graduates in its job retention and career advancement services. HOPE works primarily with individuals facing significant barriers to employment yet, still have achieved the following results: 72% job placement among graduates (76% full-time & 60% jobs-with-benefits rate); 89% 90-day retention; and 74% one-year job retention.