November 2017: NCC's Free Utilities Career Training Program for Women Wins 2017 Award


Immediate:  November 28, 2017

Nassau Community College Free Utilities Career Training Program For Women Wins 2017 Award


Garden City, NY — Nassau Community College's URGENT: Women Program was named the 2017 winner of the James C Hall Business/Organization Collaboration Award by the Continuing Education Association of NY (CEANY).The Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals (URGENT): Women Program was launched Spring 2017 by Dr. Janet Caruso and Dawn Nolan of NCC's Office of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning. Participants attended 142 hours of classroom instruction, on-site visits and workshops for field positions in the utility sector at no cost. The 21 graduates earned two industry certifications: Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) and OSHA 10.

Dr. Caruso, NCC Assistant Vice President for the Office of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning explained, "The College's collaboration with its partners provided an opportunity for women to learn new skills and earn two industry recognized certifications which gave them a unique opportunity to embark on a career path in the utility industry." NCC President Dr. W. Hubert Keen noted, "We are proud of this program which offers opportunities for women to gain training and employment, while helping local industries acquire properly trained workers to grow their businesses and boost the Long Island economy." URGENT: Women was made possible by NCC's Center for Workforce Development, the Workforce Development Institute, PSEGLI, National Grid, NY American Water, the Town of Hempstead and the Town of Oyster Bay Workforce Development Boards, and the Nassau County Department of Social Services. For more information about this free career-training program call 516.572.7487 or email Media Contact Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 1993.11/28/17/150 About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, part of The State University of New York, is an institution where almost 20,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. Visit for more information.

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