• ARCC Leadership Adirondack Class Raises over $26,000 for Skilled Trades Scholarships in our Region

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    January 29, 2020

    The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) Leadership Adirondack (LADK) Class of 2019-2020 hosted a fundraising event in December 2019 which raised over $26,000 to go towards providing a scholarship program to help increase the number of skilled trade workers in our region. Leadership Adirondack, in its 28th year, is proud of the legacy it continues to build with each graduating class. Each year, the class creates a project that supports the mission of the Chamber to help local companies succeed, grow, and thrive and to expand the economic opportunity in the region. The LADK Program Class of 2019-2020 has partnered with WSWHE BOCES and the Employment Training for Adults Program (ETA) to provide a scholarship to help increase the number of skilled trade workers needed in our region.
    “We as a Leadership class are incredibly grateful and humbled by the community’s response to this year’s mission. The funds raised are indicative of the philanthropic nature of our local businesses and we have enjoyed riding the wave of generosity over the past few months,” says LADK participant Ryan Haig, also of Amsure.
    The ARCC Leadership Adirondack Scholarship is intended to help individuals 18 years or older to start or extend careers in manufacturing, construction or CDL. The scholarship will benefit individuals participating in the BOCES Employment Training for Adults (ETA) program by providing financial assistance to eligible students who wish to enroll in skilled trades classes. Eligible students must reside in the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s service area which includes Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga counties. Award amount will be capped at $2,500 per recipient.
    Scholarship applications are currently available. Qualified applicants must demonstrate financial need, exhibit a commitment to complete an eligible technical program with WSWHE BOCES, and provide a statement of intent to use their training to pursue employment in the local region. All manufacturing and construction businesses looking to develop their future workforce are encouraged to reach out to Michelle Stockwell, the ETA supervisor. Michelle can be contacted directly at 518-581-3604 or mstockwell@wswheboces.org.
    The ARCC will be hosting a graduation ceremony for the Leadership Adirondack Program Class of 2019-20 on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY. For more information on the graduation ceremony, please visit www.adirondackchamber.org/leadership-adirondack.


    Picture caption: ARCC Leadership Adirondack Class of 2019-2020 at The Park Theater during their Support the Trades fundraiser event.