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 Get ahead with Skills for Success courses
CSEA members employed by New York state, local government agencies and the private sector have opportunities to take Skills for Success training courses offered
by the NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training.
Course participation, as space permits, by CSEA-represented employees in local government agencies, school districts, state authorities and the private sector is sponsored by the CSEA WORK Institute.
Skills for Success courses provide CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet their personal and professional development goals.
Nearly 100 classes in 42 course topic areas are scheduled statewide from February through June 2016. The training is available at no cost to employees or agencies.
All courses are held at conveniently located training sites. In order to increase participation in courses while eliminating time away from the office and travel expenses, the Partnership is offering 14 classes via webinar.
Employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) or by completing the Partnership’s course application form.
Employees are eligible to participate in Partnership courses if they are a:
• CSEA-represented New York state employee (ASU/02, OSU/03, ISU/04 or DMNA/47).
• CSEA-represented employee working in local government agencies, school districts, state authorities or the private sector employee, as space permits.
Available courses
Choose from job-related and personal development courses under the following categories:
• Individual development • Interpersonal
• Language skills
• Math skills
• Trades, operations and
• Work management • Writing skills
For more information
A web catalog of the Skills
for Success courses is available on the Partnership’s website
The catalog contains course descriptions, dates, locations and an application form that can be downloaded and printed.
For more information about Skills for Success courses, call 518-486-7814 or, for areas outside the Capital Region, call 1-800- 253-4332, or email learning@
  For some time now, CSEA teams have participated in Polar Plunge events to help support Special Olympics of New York.
CSEA has a long relationship with the Special Olympics as the union represents nearly 20,000 workers in the developmental disabilities field. Many CSEA members are involved with helping Special Olympics athletes train and prepare for their participation.
“It was another great cause
that I was able to do with my
CSEA brothers and sisters,” said Louis Maury, a CSEA member and developmental assistant at Central New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office who participated in the Oneida Polar Plunge with his union for the first time. “We were proud to be able to give back to our community and support our local Central New York Special Olympics athletes. It was a brief dip in the chilly waters of Oneida Lake and it was well worth it.”
President’s Polar Cap Award
CSEA encourages participation and promotes the Polar Plunges, but this is a grassroots voluntary project for individuals and locals.
To encourage involvement, President Danny Donohue established the President’s Polar Cap Award to stimulate a friendly rivalry between CSEA’s regions. The region that raises the most money through Polar Plunge participation each year is recognized at CSEA’s Annual Meeting.
The award is displayed in the winning region office for the duration of the champ’s reign.
Louis Maury at the Central Region Polar Plunge.
Donations submitted throughout the season until April 15 determine the winner.
All money raised by “CSEA” named teams count toward their region’s totals for the President’s Polar Cap Award!
  2016 Polar Plunges
Rochester – 16th Annual Polar Plunge at Ontario Beach Park: Feb. 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fishkill – Sharpe Reservation, Camp Mariah: Feb. 21, 9 a.m – Noon
North Hempstead – 12th Annual Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park: March 5, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Oyster Bay – 3rd Annual Polar Plunge at Tobay Beach: March 19, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ithaca – 3rd Annual Polar Plunge at Taughannock Falls State Park: March 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
 For more information and to register or donate, visit
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