July 8, 2021
Ebony Farrow Appointed Program Manager for the Pathways to Apprenticeship Program
The City of Syracuse and CenterState CEO announced new hires to support Syracuse Build, Mayor Walsh’s program to prepare parishioners for careers in the construction industry. Christopher Montgomery has been named director of Syracuse Build, which will be located at CNY Works. In addition, Ebony Farrow has joined the CenterState CEO’s Economic Inclusion team as Pathways to Apprenticeship Program Manager.
As a director of Syracuse Build, Montgomery will be instrumental in supporting Syracuse Build as it aims to build a robust and inclusive construction worker pipeline of Syracuse residents in preparation for coordinated upcoming employment opportunities associated with unparalleled local construction and development projects. He previously worked as a human resources assistant and program coordinator at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (Syracuse EOC). Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management and Economics. He also serves on several Boards of Commissioners & Directors, including Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Syracuse Housing Authority, Blueprint 15, Sustainable Economies Alliance, and the Syracuse Poster Project.
“One of the keys to the success of both programs is choosing who will run and support the operations. Both Chris and Ebony have a proven track record of training and supporting our local residents and have built valuable relationships.” with industry partners, “said Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, Chair of the Syracuse Build Steering Committee.” I look forward to working with both to prepare our workforce for future opportunities. “
As a program manager for the Pathways to Apprenticeship program, Farrow is responsible for the orientation of the program, the deepening of the partner relationships, the success of the participants and the management of the day-to-day business. The Pathways to Apprenticeship program provides construction training to prepare Syracuse residents, especially blacks, women and veterans, for successful entry into a union teaching and construction career. She comes to CenterState CEO with extensive experience leading construction training and education programs.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Ebony and Chris to these leadership roles,” said Aimee Durfee, director of workforce innovation for CenterState CEO. “We look forward to working with you to diversify the construction industry in Syracuse.”
Via Syracuse Build
Syracuse Build is a Syracuse City initiative launched by Mayor Walsh to support local construction activities by connecting job seekers from Syracuse’s historically marginalized communities with career paths in construction-related fields. The goal of Syracuse Build is to bring local governments, unions, anchor institutions and construction companies together in a coordinated network of community, education and labor partners. Work Train at CenterState CEO serves as a facilitator, bringing together resources and partners to develop both the Syracuse Build initiative and the Pathways to Apprenticeship program.
About training paths
Syracuse Build’s Pathways to Apprenticeship Program is a comprehensive apprenticeship pre-apprenticeship program that specifically targets women, blacks and veterans to facilitate their access to registered construction apprenticeship programs. The 11-week paid program is designed to prepare local workers for the significant number of construction jobs created by state, state and local infrastructure investments including I-81. The Pathway to Apprenticeship program is a collaboration between the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council (CNNYBTC) and Syracuse Build and teaches the nationally recognized multi-craft core curriculum of the North American Construction Unions (NABTU).
About the CenterState CEO
CenterState CEO is an independent and future-oriented strategist for economic development, corporate governance organization and chamber of commerce; Dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as the advocate and resource for smart business, catalyzing and facilitating regional growth, and promoting community prosperity through results-based partnerships, planning, and problem solving. www.centerstateceo.com
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