Renovated Space

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Solutions System recently remodeled its downtown Gloversville center, doubling its size and preparing the center for more services.

Agency Executive Director Gail Breen said the system’s Gloversville Workforce Solutions Center office at Glove City Commons, 43-47 N. Main St., was remodeled and expanded Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be no increase in center staff, she said.

The renovation work included removal of a wall and the agency taking over space formerly occupied by a previous tenant in the building.

Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Solutions Systems also has offices at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam and on East Main Street in Cobleskill.

The system was created through the federal government in1998. The centers bring together multiple programs and services to job seekers and business customers. The centers also help people obtain general equivalency diplomas, or GEDs.

Breen said most of the funding for the system comes from the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2012, she said, her agency – which serves Fulton County residents seeking jobs or unemployment insurance – had to leave its local Workforce Solutions Center office on South Main Street and move up the street to the Glove City Commons. She said the move has been a good one as far as services for local residents.

Breen said the current office has a GED teacher, youth coordinator, resource person and workforce adviser.

The Workforce Solutions System’s centers offer services such as individualized resume preparation, job development, customized cover letters, occupational training, laser printers, fax service, vocational counseling, telephone and mail service, on-the-job training, placement assistance and job referral, skills assessment testing, employment readiness training, priority services to veterans and a computer training program.

Breen said by doubling the size of the Gloversville center, Workforce Solutions will be able to increase services for youth, adult and dislocated worker services. She said her agency is hoping to hold an open house in a couple of weeks and invite the Fulton County Board of Supervisors.

“We’ve been keeping [the board] up to date,” she said.

Breen said the agency may extend its hours in Gloversville.

According to its website – www.fmsworkforcesolutions.org – the Gloversville center currently is open weekdays for youth services and GED work from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for Resource Room and job-search time.

Workshops require pre-registration.

The office number is 725-6473.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.