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Catholic Charities Announces Enhanced Skills Training and Workforce Development Programs at Its East Delavan Academy – Buffalo Rising

A number of WNY organizations have worked to improve job training training and workforce development offerings, including Catholic charities.

To get more people back to work, in in-demand employment sectors, Catholic Charities – in partnership with 716 Ministries and Trocaire College – announced its latest short-term job training program, to be held in early 2022 at its East Delavan Academy. The program will provide classroom, hands-on, non-technical training for students ages 18 and older in construction and technology.

“Businesses and organizations in Western New York are hiring with jobs in construction, information technology and technology, all of which are in high demand right now,” said East Delavan Supervisor Amanda Rosario. Academy of Catholic Charities. “Through the East Delavan Academy, we are able to meet the employability development needs of the uneducated, unemployed or underemployed and provide them with the training and certifications that employers are looking for in candidates. potential to fill these vacancies.”

The East Delavan Academy Early 2022 Program Schedule includes:

  • Construction training begins on January 24. 716 Ministries partners with Catholic charities to deliver a 12-week, 188.5-hour work readiness program, providing training in soft skills, a foundational construction program certified by the National Center for Construction Education & Research and practical building training activities.
  • For the first time, Catholic Charities is partnering with Trocaire College to offer a Start of IT career program. This hands-on, 200-hour instructor-led program taught by Trocaire College faculty is designed to prepare participants for new career opportunities in information technology services. The program covers three areas: basic internet security, basic computer concepts and terminology, and in-depth training in the skills needed for a helpdesk or technical support position. Each of the three areas leads to internationally recognized IT certifications. The 12-week IT Jump Start program begins March 7.
  • the C-Tech The program, which begins in the spring of 2022, offers hands-on technology training and nationally recognized certifications in telecommunications, network cabling for copper and fiber optics, wireless and 5G systems, as well as earth and connection.

“I am so grateful to have been part of the C-Tech program,” said Donny Watkins, East Delavan Academy C-Tech course, Fall 2020. “I really enjoy being in this line of work and am excited to see where it will take me in the future.

East Delavan Academy – 1001 E. Delavan Ave.

“We are thrilled to work with Catholic Charities to provide this funded technology training opportunity for individuals looking for a new career path,” said Gary Smith, Ed.D., Vice President, Innovation and Advancement, Trocaire College. “It is a natural collaboration for our two organizations to work together to support individuals seeking transformational career development and advancement.”


All classes are conducted on-site at Catholic Charities’ East Delavan Academy at 1001 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo. Tuition is free and open to anyone seeking certifications and employment in these in-demand regional professions. Applications can be submitted to ccwny.org/eda and are due before January 7, 2022.

East Delavan Academy sponsors include Mader Construction, CSO, Danforth with additional training support provided by SUNY Erie.

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