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Skills for Success Job Training Program

In 2015, the Rescue Mission of Utica embarked on a new program that will train its residents and other unemployed and under-employed individuals with an opportunity to build skills in the construction trade.  “Skills for Success” is a six month job training program in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College, OnPoint for College, Working Solutions and the City of Utica.  This program equips students with knowledge and experience in the carpentry and masonry field giving them skills for successful and meaningful employment.  The program also works with local trades unions assisting students entering their apprentice programs.

Not only do the students receive 41 college credits upon graduation, but each graduate is OSHA 10 and Lead Abatement certified.  This is accomplished through class room instructions and hands on experience from the rehabilitation of a vacant home in the City of Utica, which has been purchased by the Rescue Mission.  Skills for Success is providing individuals with a vital skill set, providing knowledge and experience needed to enter various construction fields where they will be able to make a living wage for themselves and their families. 

Once renovated, the energy efficient rehabilitated home will result in a sustainable, affordable home which builds a stronger, healthier community.   The home will be sold at or below market value to a first-time home buyer.  Not only will a vacant building be put back on the tax rolls, but it will provide a family with a place to call home. 

The curriculum is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and experience needed to enter various construction fields. Each semester and course will consist of both classroom theory and direct hands-on experience. Hands on experience will come in the form of rehabilitating a vacant home in the city of Utica. Safety procedures are emphasized. Graduates will be able to find employment, upon completion of the program, in many of the building trades.  In 2017, 11 students graduated from our Skills for Success Job Training Program in the carpentry trade.  

Attacking poverty by equipping individuals with skills for successful and meaningful employment.       

Check out the house located on Sunset Ave in Utica that the classes have been renovating.

For more information you can download our Skills for Success brochure, application or contact:

Ernie Talerico, Director of Operations


315-735-1645 ext. 2112






Physical Location 293 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501


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