Workforce Development

SUNY Orange conducts training programs that provide individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Courses are offered for people beginning new careers or those who may be entering the workforce for the first time. In addition, courses are available that will enable people to upgrade their skills for their current job or to continue with their education.

For more information, call the Workforce Development office at 845-341-9532 or 341-9543.

Photo: group of people of various professionsWorkforce Investment Act Training Vouchers

If you are unemployed, a dislocated or displaced worker, you may be eligible to receive money to cover the costs of select courses and certificate programs. As an eligible training provider under the Workforce Investment Act, SUNY Orange can offer courses and certificate programs that are fully covered by special training vouchers.

Job Readiness Courses and Career Preparation Programs

Workforce Development programs offer job readiness courses and career preparation programs that provide participants with the skills needed to meet the demand of today's workplace. A+ Certification, Network+, and Administrative Medical Office Assistant are just a few offerings available to students.

SUNY Orange Offers a Free Job Search Networking Group

Designed to support downsized executive and managerial workers in their job search.

The group has been proven effective for many participants. During the past semester, 12 of 19 participants re-entered the workplace at or close to the same salary level they had earned previously. The group is lead by a skilled facilitator who assists participants with salary negotiations and individual counseling is offered beyond the official meeting time.

The group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Tower Building on the Newburgh Campus, Room 214, from 9 - 11 a.m. In Middletown, the group meets from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Orange Works, located at 33 Fulton Street. Call 845-341-9532 for more information.

Youth Empowerment Program

GED program made for youth!

  • Small group instruction
  • Emphasis on individual academic and personal needs
  • Free job training
  • Assistance with employment
  • Assistance with college enrollment

Thanks in part to a grant from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, the College provides free GED preparation to low-income out-of-school youth. The Youth Empowerment Program is designed for students who qualify for admission based on family income that is below the federal poverty guidelines. Students between the ages of 17 to 21 who want a chance to prepare and pass the GED are welcomed. This is a unique program which provides instructor-led classes and pathways to employment that can become a stepping stone toward achieving higher education and career goals. Classes are held on the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.

Now, all you need to have is the desire to succeed and the will to follow through!

For more information call 845-341-4874.

Orange Works Partnership

Orange Works logoOrange Works, a Workforce Development System, is the link that provides resources and services in a professional business environment to individuals who are seeking employment and to businesses building their workforces.

The Center is supported by a grant from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board in partnership with:

  • New York State Department of Labor
  • Orange County Community College
  • Orange/Ulster BOCES
  • Orange County Government: Employment & Training


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Middletown, NY 10940
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Newburgh, NY 12550
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