ETS has been proud to partner with entities such as The Development Corporation, The Workforce Investment Board, Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh to develop some unique and forward thinking education initiatives to help Champlain Valley Job Seekers. ETS believes strongly in a Champlain Valley with unlimited opportunity and an educated workforce is essential to fulfilling that goal. We work closely with most Champlain Valley manufacturers and have been able to provide unique insight as to the issues and challenges involved with work readiness in our area. The following is a list of initiatives ETS has been heavily involved in forming.
The commitment by ETS to pre-employment training opportunities in the Champlain Valley has created a unique and supportive climate for collaboration between education, workforce investment, and economic development. These partnerships bring vision and action to shape the future for all community members.
AIME (Assembling Industry: Manufacturing & Education)
In 2009, ETS helped to form AIME as a way to enable unemployed and underemployed individuals in the Champlain Valley to prepare and train for new opportunities. This eight week program consists of technical and soft-skills training through Clinton Community College, CV-Tech and One Work Source. Students also have the opportunity to tour several key manufacturing facilities in an effort to better inform them of the opportunities that exist in our community. At each commencement held at the end of AIME’s 8 week program, each student participates in an “employment opportunity” day whereby they interview with many of the top companies in the area. Since its founding, AIME has educated and better-prepared well over 100 individuals in Clinton County.
iMPACTT (Innovation Manufacturing Partnership: Advancing Careers through Technical Training) was founded in 2012 to provide training to high school students in a STEM career pathway. The program also teaches work readiness and leadership. This program is unique in that students attend credit bearing classes on a daily basis where assigned school teachers become certified instructors in Work Readiness and Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). ETS organizes company tours to allow participating students to get an inside look at local companies who require the very skills being taught. Being a founding member of the iMPACTT Leadership Team, ETS acts as a mentor to students and assists them in finding future employment.
ETS’ newest partnership is with Adirondack P-Tech. P-Tech was founded through the efforts of IBM and is a new initiative in the Champlain Valley as of 2013. This unique program provides a six year, STEM high school-to-college experience. This program targets students who may not be satisfied by a traditional-style education and may be more interested in science and math. Every student who participates in P-Tech will receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in a technical field upon completion of the program. ETS, along with other companies on the Leadership Council, will provide mentors to students throughout the six year program. This will help to ensure each individual’s success which will in turn ensure the success of the program. The A.A.S degree is free for every student. P-Tech is a New York State led initiative in partnership with IBM.