WKTV 2: Apprentice training in Oriskany

Waterbury Felt Update: Developer plans to partner with new businesses for apprentice training in Oriskany

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) – James Kernan founded “Oriska” in the 1980s as an on-the-job training program. In 1999, the program moved to the Bronx, partnering with SUNY Maritime College. Now, there is an opportunity to expand it back home. “We want to bring it back to CNY with continuous operations with what we will continue […]

Fair trade as pair swaps burger flipping for bright future

An apprenticeship program changed the lives of a fast food worker and a taxi driver. Byron Carchipulla, a former Burger King employee from Queens, is now a skilled sheet metal worker. And Marcin Chrostowski, a former waiter and cab driver from Brooklyn, is a plumber. Both have careers that provide them secure futures thanks to […]

Job training program set to make return to Oriskany

Former Oriskany High School Industrial Arts Technology Education teacher, Charles Smith, oversees the OJCC Apprenticeship Program, which consists of training in all the major skilled trades including plumbing, carpentry, steam fitting, electrician, and masonry to name a few. “These are skills that are in high demand today,” said Smith. “But with an eye on the […]

Jackson Mora, SUNY Martitime College Apprenticeship Program

Five years of hard work culminated in the form of a diploma, a happy family and a higher paycheck for Jackson Heights resident Walter Mora last week, after he graduated from the SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx’s apprenticeship program. The program, run by non-profit Oriska Jobs and Career Center, aims to afford disadvantaged communities […]

Owner has plans for former Waterbury Felt Mill in Oriskany

After 200 years of serving as the economic engine for the village and surrounding region, the abandoned Waterbury Felt Mill might see life once again. The old River Street wool mill, which once employed more than 300 people in Oriskany, has been deteriorating since it abruptly closed about a year ago. The property was purchased […]

Crowds line up for tours of historic factory

ORISKANY — Local businessman James Kernan is spearheading the revival of the former felt mill on River Street, but first Kernan is spearheading a different sort of revival. On Saturday, dozens of visitors came to former Waterbury Felt Factory to tour the building and get a close-up view of some village history — that previously […]

Businessman wants to breathe new life into old felt mill

ORISKANY — Businessman James Kernan wants to spearhead the revival of the former felt mill on River Street. He bought the complex earlier this year at a county tax foreclosure auction and is now proceeding with redevelopment plans. “We will retain the historic elements that make this a landmark property,” he said. “Such as the […]

Solving Chronic Unemployment by Creating Minority Entrepreneurs

From Huffington Post The U.S. government is looking for solutions. It requires that a certain percentage of its contracts be awarded to minority firms, but this can create its own set of problems and often times doesn’t live up to its intention. Large public works projects, for example, require that 9 percent of the budget be awarded […]

Reverend Lays Foundation for Local Jobs in Hempstead

Bringing jobs to disadvantaged communities like Hempstead, in Nassau County Long Island, has always been challenging. Finding skilled workers in these communities is not always easy and when you do find them, it is often difficult to convince employers, banks and insurance companies to take a chance on them. In the construction industry, try securing […]