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Talent Development Professional Jason Chapin Joins WCA
White Plains, N.Y. (July 22, 2019) – Jason Chapin has joined the Westchester County Association (WCA) as Director of Workforce Development. Before joining WCA, Mr. Chapin coordinated and managed federal, state and foundation grants for The City University of New York, The State University of New York and The WorkPlace, a nationally recognized not-for-profit based in Connecticut. In addition, he has managed state-wide education, training and employment programs in New York and Connecticut that have served more than 25,000 adults and their families.
Chapin first worked with WCA in 2016 as a sub-contractor and project manager for Jobs Waiting, the $9.8 million grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and part of the $170 million Ready-to-Work initiative. WCA managed the grant until April of this year. Since its launch, Jobs Waiting has provided training, support and placement services to approximately 500 long-term unemployed individuals and more than 125 workers in the healthcare sector. The grant, the largest training grant ever given in the region, was awarded to Westchester County and covers the entire Hudson Valley.
As Project Manager for Jobs Waiting, Chapin managed a team of over 45 staff members spread across the seven-county region. Under his guidance, enrollment, work tryout, incumbent training and placement performance goals were exceeded before the grant ended. Jobs Waiting was recognized by USDOL for the most credentials earned by participants and became one of the most successful programs in the initiative. “I attribute the success of the program to innovative job-readiness training provided by The WorkPlace, generous childcare and transportation supports provided to participants while in training, the credential-focused training and paid work tryouts that allowed employers to audition candidates before making hiring decisions – and a lot of hard work,” said Chapin.
WCA is excited to have a recognized talent development expert join its team to lead several workforce initiatives that will create collaborations between training providers and employers while also developing a talent pool of high-quality jobseeker that will meet the needs of businesses throughout the region.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Jason’s caliber at WCA. He is a great communicator, manager and an innovative thinker. He works extremely well with individuals and organizations and always delivers remarkable results. WCA has made workforce development a primary focus and I anticipate great things ahead for our business community, and for our workforce,” said Bill Mooney, President & CEO of WCA.
A graduate of Colgate University, Chapin received his M.B.A. from Fordham University. He is the former board chair of the Child Care Council of Westchester and currently serves as treasurer and board member of The Harry Chapin Foundation. He resides in Chappaqua with his wife and three kids.
About the Westchester County Association
The Westchester County Association (www.westchester.org) is Westchester County’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization. For nearly 70 years, the WCA has been the leading independent voice of Westchester’s business community, developing and advancing proactive policies and initiatives that foster smart growth and economic vitality in the region. The WCA also is focused on promoting Westchester County as the region’s best place to live, work and play: offering a high quality of life; access to good jobs; world-class schools, cultural institutions, dining and recreational opportunities; and close proximity to New York City.