BEAM Project in Central New York

The BEAM Project in Central New York State bridges the gap to get college drop outs back to post secondary education.

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BEAM Program Helps Region’s Young Adults Go Back to College

Upstate New York adults who didn’t succeed the first time around at college have a chance to get the help they need to return to college and earn a college credential that will lead to a good paying job.

The Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties (HMO WDB) is now taking applications for the BEAM Project (Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace). The project, funded through a Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is targeting adults between the ages of 19 and 30 in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties.

“Reconnecting young adults who will approach college the second time around with a success-oriented attitude with postsecondary education and training in high-growth careers is a work force imperative for our entire region as well as a priority for every community we serve,” said HMO WDB Executive Director Alice Savino. “The BEAM program was developed to assist adults who have attempted postsecondary training, college or technical school, but did not complete a degree or certificate. The project will provide career planning services to re-focus participants on high-growth careers suited to their interests and aptitudes, as well as academic support services to prepare them to succeed in college courses where they did not succeed before. Project participants will be given assistance with career guidance, financial aid applications and other resources, college entrance hurdles or other issues that have stopped them from succeeding in postsecondary education.

The project brings together the workforce agencies covering Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties, Broome-Tioga Counties, and Tompkins County along with colleges across the region to provide a broad range of supports and services that will promote success.

“Upstate New York has always been a region where we have understood and recognized the importance of collaboration and partnerships between our academic institutions and our workforce development agencies,” Savino said. “This is a time when our region has unlimited potential due to the growth of new high-tech, high-growth career sectors and the resurgence of traditional sectors such as manufacturing. BEAM has been designed to be the catalyst that helps adults reconnect with education and then connect with good-paying jobs.”

Spaces in the BEAM program are limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Anyone interested in applying for this program can email or call (315) 793-5350.


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Hi Jessica, we were just approved for Phase II in December, so we're just getting off the ground, but I agree that there is a great need for this guidance in our area. The Outreach Coordinators that are on our team are working hard to recruit and enroll individuals into the program. I have high hopes! Thank you for your post.

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