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This year Jefferson Community College is launching its first program to train workers for construction jobs.
The demand for these workers is outpacing the number of workers available here in the north country.
"Everybody has the same problem. We have difficulty finding qualified, trained workforce," said Tina Schneider of Purcell Construction Corp.
Purcell Construction, a Watertown contractor, is one of the businesses that has championed this program.
Purcell currently has contracts for work at Samaritan Medical Center, River Hospital, and another job in Ithaca, but management says it struggles to find enough workers to do carpentry jobs.
Ideally, the JCC program will provide a pipeline of skilled workers for companies like Purcell.
"We feel that this initiative that JCC is putting together is really gonna help us make a dent in getting some qualified people," said Schneider.
The program does have a catch, to qualify for enrollment people have to either be unemployed or underemployed.
However, tuition is free and the college will assist with transportation.
The program is funded by a $100,000 grant through the state's Regional Economic Development Council.
"We feel that this program is going to provide a good bridge for individuals who are looking to be gainfully employed, making a decent living and then being able to step right into a job," said Kathleen Morris, JCC - Director of Community Services in Workforce Development and Business Division.
The JCC program officially starts in April but officials encourage anyone interested to contact the college now.