Funded Programs

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Youth Programs

Do you want to get training or work experience to get your first, or a better job?

Workforce programs provide services and training such as vocational exploration, counseling, assessment, training, and paid work experience to eligible participants 16 to 24 years of age.  Programs are provided through a number of agencies and schools to meet the unique needs of Niagara’s young people.

Please contact the program(s) below for more information. They are there to help you get the training and/or experience to begin employment, upgrade your skills, or further your education!

The WDB funds Youth Programs (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) through the following agencies:


Niagara County Community College (NCCC)

Niagara County Community College’s “Gaining Occupational, Academic and Leadership Skills (GOALS)” Program offers youth ages 18-24 who meet WIOA guidelines short-term training for long-term success in the following career areas: Google IT, Intro to Hospitality, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician and Supply Chain Management.  Work readiness training is provided through classroom, hands-on projects, lab and field experience.  Youth will receive academic support, counseling and career guidance, guaranteed interviews upon course completion, monetary incentives, NFTA Transportation and tuition and textbook assistance. 

For more details, contact Rhonda Bivins-Talley at (716) 614-6284 or [email protected] or visit

Niagara County Employment and Training Department

Niagara County Employment and Training Department offers youth ages 16-24 who meet WIOA guidelines an opportunity to gain paid work experience on our payroll, explore career opportunities, learn work readiness skills, and become prepared to select and enter the career field of their choice.  Youth may also gain their NYS Driver’s License at no cost to them.  The program also offers Driver’s Education for youth without access to driving assistance.  Youth receive incentive payments for job search, career exploration, employment and retention, and/or attaining their educational and employment goals. 

For more details, contact Dawn Cody at (716) 278-8182 or [email protected] or visit


Orleans Niagara BOCES (ON-BOCES)

Orleans-Niagara BOCES (ON-BOCES) provides an array of services to help disconnected youth and young adults navigate the local education and workforce systems.  Youth will have the chance to evaluate their current skills, obtain high school equivalency diploma in an individualized self-paced improvement program, receive tutoring and career services, job training, paid and unpaid work experience, mentoring, internships, job shadowing and post-training job opportunities to assist them in securing high demand and quality paying career opportunities.  Instructional programs and certificates in Certified Nursing Assisting (CNA), Home Health Assisting (HHA), and a variety of Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades programs are available. 

For more details, contact Theresa Little at (716) 731-6800, ext. 3752 or [email protected] or visit