Short term training that lead directly to living wage jobs.

What is Workforce Development?

Workforce Development offers short term hands-on training that prepares you for a new career. We work closely with local employers to develop career training programs that create skilled workers. Our programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and soft skills that are required in each profession. Our programs include hands-on classroom training and a practicum experience with a local employer. Our Workplace Placement Coordinator will provide you with assistance in obtaining gainful employment upon completion of your program.

Careers

These training programs were selected based on the high demand careers in our area. Local employers are seeking well-trained entry-level employees in these careers. While our programs prepare you for a new career, they also serve as Onondaga Community College's contribution to the local economy, by addressing the needs of the labor market. See each program below for admission information and to sign up for an information session.

How much does it cost?

Our goal is to keep these programs within reach of any student who can receive Pell grants and Stafford loans so that no student should have to pay out of pocket while in school. You may qualify for enough financial aid to cover the entire cost of the program! Give us a call so we can help you get to work.

Phlebotomist

Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy prepares students for a career in drawing and processing blood, and it also provides existing health care professionals with an additional skill. The program includes at least 100 hours and 100 draws at a clinical site arranged by OCC. At the end of the program, you will be employable as a Phlebotomist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Details

Certification After this program, you may take the Technician Certification Exam in Phlebotomy available from the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (testing fees apply). Passing this exam and becoming a certified phlebotomist may give you a higher wage at some employers.
Length Training is 7 weeks
Clinical is 100 draws at a site arranged by OCC
When classes meet Training – Mondays/Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Clinical – Weekdays, daytime hours
Location of classes Mulroy Hall at OCC
Cost $1,299
Is financial aid available? No, Federal aid is not available

Requirements

  • HS Diploma or Equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must maintain medical insurance while enrolled
  • Compliance with immunizations
  • Some employers require drug testing and background checks
Information Sessions/Start Dates
In-Person Open Registration Begins Program Start Date

August 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Student Central in the Gordon Student Center.  To register, you must bring proof of High School completion (or equivalency) and full tuition ($1,299). The class is limited to 20 seats.

August 26, 2019


Medical Assistant

Medical

Medical Assistants play an essential role in medical offices assisting with patient care and office management. Classes are held on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in Mulroy Hall at OCC.

Details

Length 36 weeks (900 hours) – includes 185 hours at a local employer site
When classes meet  Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location of classes Mulroy Hall at OCC
Cost $6,504
Is financial aid available? YES, federal aid is available.

Requirements

  • Attend one of the mandatory info sessions listed below
  • HS Diploma or Equivalent
  • Reading, math and employability skills assessments
  • Must be willing to let classmates draw your blood under supervision
  • Must maintain medical insurance while enrolled
  • Compliance with immunization requirements
Information Sessions/Start Dates
Information Session Dates CorrespondingProgram Start Dates
May 7, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 9, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 15, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 20, 2019 June 3, 2019

Apply/Learn more

You can sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more complete the steps needed to apply and get started.  

Medical Biller

Medical Billing

A medical biller is responsible for submitting medical claims to insurance companies and payers such as Medicare and Medicaid. It is a position that is critical to the financial cycle of all health care providers including single-provider practices and large medical centers. Medical Billers work in billing companies, physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.

Details

Length 28 weeks (665 hours) – includes 132 hours at a local employer site
When classes meet Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Location of classes Mulroy Hall at OCC
Cost $6,149
Is financial aid available? YES, Federal Aid is available

Requirements

  • Attend the Mandatory Information Session
  • HS Diploma or Equivalent
  • Reading, math and employability skills assessments
  • Must be able to sit for a minimum of 8 hours (with breaks and lunch)
Information Sessions/Start Dates
Information Session Dates CorrespondingProgram Start Dates
May 8, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 9, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 16, 2019 June 3, 2019
May 20, 2019 June 3, 2019

Apply/Learn more

Sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more complete the steps needed to apply and get started.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing programs prepare you for entry level work with our manufacturing employer partners. Each manufacturing program is different. The employer changes each time, as well as the types jobs within manufacturing that the employers are seeking to fill. Our next two programs are going to be pharmaceutical manufacturing, followed by machine operator.

Details

Program Model For our manufacturing programs that follow the Apprenticeship Accelerator Career Training (AACT) model, participants are hired by one of our sponsoring employers to become apprentices at the beginning of the program. Upon completion of training at with OCC, they continue training with their employer for the remainder of their apprenticeship and receive their journeyman card.*Not every manufacturing program is AACT.
Length Approximately 10 weeks
When classes meet OCC Training: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)
Employer Training: Determined by the employer
Location of classes OCC, employer sites
Cost TBD
Is financial aid available? Federal Aid and grants are available

Requirements

  • Attend the Mandatory Information Session
  • Reading, math and employability skills assessments
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Manual dexterity
  • Able to lift and carry at least 35 - 50 pounds for short distances
  • Able to stand and/or walk for a minimum of 8 hours with breaks
  • Able to work in dirty and noisy conditions
  • Must also meet any additional requirements of our employer partner(s).

Start Dates

  • Winter 2019

Apply/Learn more

Updates will be available before the end of December 2018

Line Cook

With Love

Line cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients and assembling dishes according to restaurant recipes and specifications. Kitchens can be hot, noisy and stressful places! But they are also fun and full of meaningful service, allowing you to bring enjoyment, appreciation, satisfaction, and comfort to restaurant patrons. Line Cooks often work in restaurants, including fine-dining, fast-food chains and franchises. Others work in hotels, catering, and other establishments, such as cafeterias in schools and hospitals.

Details

Length 10 weeks: (8 weeks training, 2 weeks practicum)
When classes meet Tuesdays-Fridays: 27 hours per week (hours vary)
Location of classes With Love Restaurant, 435 North Salina Street
Cost $2,000 (full scholarships available)
Is financial aid available? No, Federal aid is not available
When can I start?  Anytime. 

Requirements

  • Attend the Mandatory Information Session at With Love Restaurant
  • Able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Able to stand and/or walk for a minimum of 8 hours with breaks

Information Sessions

Information Sessions are held every Friday at 2:00 pm at With Love Restaurant located at 435 North Salina Street.

    Start Dates

    • Anytime

    Apply/Learn more

    Sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more complete the steps needed to apply and get started. Information sessions are held at With Love Restaurant, 435 North Salina Street.

    Warehouse Operator

    Warehouse Operator

    Warehouse distribution operators ensure proper storage and moving of product in and through warehouses. Safely and efficiently operate different kinds of pallet jacks to move goods from location to location within warehouses; ensure proper recording of inventory; loading and unloading of trucks. Warehouse conditions may at times include working in refrigeration or freezer units.

    Details

    Length 4 weeks
    When classes meet Mondays – Fridays, daytime hours
    Location of classes Food Bank of CNY, 7066 Interstate Island Road
    Cost $1,164 (Scholarships are available)
    Is financial aid available? NO, Federal aid is not available

    Requirements

    • Interview with Staff
    • Reading, math and employability skills assessments
    • Lift and move 35-50 pounds for short distances

    Start Dates

    • Anytime

    Apply/Learn more

    To schedule an interview, call Workforce at 315-498-2221.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Bio-process Associate

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    OCC is partnering with Bristol-Myers Squibb on a Bioprocess Associate program, and a unique paid-training opportunity for those without prior knowledge or experience to begin careers in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.  The program launched in April 2019.  Selected candidates earn $18/hr during training and increase to $21/hr upon successful completion.  Because this program is contingent upon available positions within Bristol-Myers Squibb, registration is currently closed.   Learn more

    CNC Machinist and Toolmaker

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    OCC is partnering with a group of CNY manufacturing companies (Stickley, PPC, Knowles, Kilian Manufacturing, Bartell and EPS) to offer a paid-training opportunity this summer for those without prior knowledge or experience to begin a career and a NYS registered apprenticeship in one of several manufacturing positions including CNC Machinist and Toolmaker  Learn more

    Call for more information • (315) 498-2221 • [email protected]