Long Island internships, new and improved

By GREGORY ZELLER // New year, new milestone for Savvy Hires, which has launched what may be the nation’s first “internship collective.” Just weeks after announcing a partnership with Adelphi University, Northwell Health and others to create a hiring “pipeline” for autistic college graduates, the Westbury-based recruiting firm has noted a new collaboration with LaunchPad Long Island aimed at perfecting the internship process. The basic idea: deliver the benefits of top-rate, potential-hire interns and a…

URGENT effort eyes women for larger utility roles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mixing gender equity, evolving workforce needs and a dash of economic-development sauce, the Workforce Development Institute and several big-name utilities are partnering with Nassau Community College to provide free career training for women. The idea, according to the sponsors of the Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals: Women program, is to prepare women for larger roles in the utilities industries. The partners – including representatives of PSEG Long Island, National…

The Debrief: Rosalie Drago is a force for innovation

Rosalie Drago’s career path meandered through tourism and economic development then into workforce issues and from the Jersey Shore to Long Island – to LaunchPad Huntington, precisely, where she set up shot as regional director of the Workforce Development Institute in June. From there, the seasoned tourism pro – who earned a master’s degree in public administration from NYU – champions the Albany-based nonprofit’s mission of tracking workforce trends, identifying challenges and fostering innovative solutions….