American Reinvestment and Recovery Act

Money allocated through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act allowed Oneida County to expand its Summer Youth Employment Program in 2009.

Recovery Act / Older Youth:

MVCC Construction Skills Training (Utica): Young adults will participate in a ten-week construction skills training course that will provide them with basic construction skills with an emphasis on basic math and reading skills that will allow them to be accurate in measurements, read blueprints, etc. Upon completion, youth will have worked on a hands-on construction skills program that will use the skills they have learned in a community setting. MVCC plans to work with the Veteran Outreach Center organization to assist them in building their internet café.

A program participant during the demolition phase of the project as youth transformed a vacant area into what will become an Internet Café.
   
MVCC President Randall Van Wagoner congratulates a project graduate at the end of the Summer Program.

MVCC Construction Skills Training (Rome): Young adults will participate in a ten-week construction skills training course that will provide them with basic construction skills with an emphasis on basic math and reading skills that will allow them to be accurate in measurements, read blueprints, etc. Upon completion, youth will have worked on a hands-on construction skills program that will use the skills they have learned in a community setting. MVCC plans to work with the City of Rome to prepare the REACH Microenterprise Center for occupancy.
 

Youth work to transform a West Dominick Street former storefront into the REACH Microenterprise Center.
 
Utica MHA Community Green Corps: Young adults will participate in landscaping of MHA and HOPE VI properties. Participants will learn team work skills, basic landscaping, basic math skills and project scheduling. Young adults will also work with MHA staff to learn interior renovation skills through repairs and remodeling of MHA apartments. Participants will learn Participants will learn basic carpentry, “green” construction, and apartment remolding skills.. project management, project cost estimating, “green” maintenance techniques, scope of work development, and tool usage.
 
Recovery Act program participants paint a vacant apartment as part of the renovations being done to an MHA apartment.
 
MV Community Action / Child Care: MVCAA’s Child Development program will offer youth an opportunity to learn parenting and child care skills. Classes will cover basic nutrition, health, CPR and discipline concepts. Youth enrolled in this program will receive hands on experience working in one of MVCAA’s Head Start classrooms. These courses would be applicable toward an associate’s degree and/or the youth’s GED. 
Recovery Act / Younger Youth:
 
Green Careers / MVCC: This hands-on summer experience was designed to engage students in interesting and relevant research about environmental science, specifically Brownfields, and to give them experience with presenting their findings to others through PowerPoint presentations and websites. Through this, students learn skills in environmental testing and learn about transferrable skills for renewable energy and green careers.
 
Students at MVCC learn the principles of wind energy as part of green career awareness.