Gebbie Foundation awards grant to WIB again

A program which helps connect businesses to young professionals will continue, thanks to a grant from the Gebbie Founda-tion.

The Gebbie Foundation recently awarded the Work-force Investment Board a grant to continue its internship program, entitled the Chautauqua Advancement Project. This is the fourth straight year the Workforce Investment Board received the grant.

The Chautauqua Ad-vancement Project serves as a bridge between businesses, young professionals and the community. The program works to support businesses in finding the right talent for their organization, while also supporting young professionals to find and begin careers in the community.

“Over the last four years, we have worked with over 20 young professionals and have successfully retained the talents of at least half of those interns at local businesses.” said Katie Geise, WIB executive director. “We hope to continue this trend with a new group of young professionals who want to remain in our area.”

Some of the past businesses that have been involved in the Chautauqua Advancement Program include El Greco, BWB, Suburban Blend, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Allied Fire Protection Systems and WRFA. In some cases, interns have been hired as a result of their experience with the business.

“Wages are covered by the Gebbie Foundation grant funds for the duration of the internship, and this really allows the employers to try out talent before making a long-term hiring decision. We welcome any local business considering hiring in the near future, to contact us and discuss the possibility of tapping into the internship program,” said Kate Piazza, E-Net coordinator and co-facilitator of the program.

Through the program, interns work Monday through Thursday at their host organization. On Fridays, interns work with Geise and Piazza to develop leadership and networking skills, while also coordinating a community project.

“We have done several career fair and networking events to really highlight local opportunities. Around 200 high school students have participated over the last four years,” Piazza said.

Recent graduates who are interested in applying for the CAP internship program can visit www.chautauquaworks.com and click the ENET tab. They can also contact Piazza at kpiazza@chautauquaworks.com or call 487-5175.

Businesses interested in working with a CAP intern can contact Piazza or Geise at 661-9324.