A message from the Oswego County Workforce Development Board (WDB)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Oswego has suspended all face to face meetings for the next 30 days. However,  Governor Cuomo’s executive order, permits governmental bodies to move in-person meetings to a remote form of conferencing, "provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed."

To comply with the governor’s directive, the Oswego County Workforce Development Board will hold all upcoming board and committee meetings via Zoom video conferencing for the foreseeable future. For more information contact the SUNY Oswego Business Resource Center at 315-312-3493.

The WDB will hold its next meeting of the Youth Council on April 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom video conferencing. Please note, Zoom supports video and/or telephone participation. The meeting can be accessed by following this link. The waiting room will be open, and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

March 18, 2020

As a result of these directives, the March 18, 2020 meeting of the Oswego County Workforce Development Board (WDB) was conducted via Zoom video conferencing. The recorded version of that meeting is available here.

Due to the lack of a quorum of board members the WDB was unable to approve needed WDB business. Therefore, a special meeting of the WDB Executive Committee has been scheduled.  According to the WDB bylaws: "The Chairperson will call a special meeting of the Executive Committee when a quorum of the full board cannot be met... the Chairperson will then call upon the Executive Committee to meet and act on items needing immediate attention. Any action taken by the Executive Committee will then be reported to the Full Board at the next regularly scheduled meeting."

The WDB Executive Committee met Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to act upon items from the March 18, 2020 board meeting that are necessary for the continued operation of the Oswego County Workforce New York office.

If you would like to view or listen to this meeting, please follow this link: Executive Committee 3/20/2020.

The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County is a non-profit organization that administers the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding that supports employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in Oswego County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

Workforce Development Board, Inc. of Oswego County
Program Year 2020
(July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)
With possible extension for an additional four years

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Chena Tucker

From the desk of

Chena Tucker

Executive Director

Our goal at the Workforce Development Board is to partner with local businesses and community leaders along with educational and training entities to ensure that our current and future Oswego County workforce is qualified with the necessary skills to obtain and retain jobs within our local and regional in-demand occupations - Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, the Skilled Trades and Hospitality.

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Our services

  • Identifying strategies for addressing skill shortages.
  • Issuing consumer report cards for training programs.
  • Aligning training programs to meet the needs of the business community.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of training programs.
  • Setting training funding priorities for maximum benefit to job-seekers

Services to Businesses

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) writes and obtains training grants for private and public sectors, and provides workforce needs assessments to area businesses.

A working community is a strong community fostering economic development, regional support systems and more. We are building a bright future for Oswego County by providing these services:

  • The formation of focus groups and community roundtable discussions to identify future workforce needs.
  • Use labor market data to identify these needs to grow our local economy.
  • Assisting local employers by seeking available grants and other funding sources to offset training costs.
  • Develop regional strategic plans to increase cooperation among industry sectors. Produce state of the workforce report.


Business Resource Center

121 East First Street, Oswego, NY 13126


Chena L. Tucker
Executive Director

Phone: 315.312.3493
Email: chena.tucker@oswego.edu

Hours: 8 am - 4 pm
Monday - Friday