As Assistant Director of Business Relations in the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego, Chad Whelsky adds his over 15 years of experience in career-building support and business services to the resources of SUNY Oswego. He believes that anyone who wants to work should have access to the support, training and jobs needed to reach their career goals. Chad has spent much of his working life striving to make that happen - from assisting disabled workers to retrain for new careers to developing training programs for unemployed workers in order to gain the skills employers need. In his current role, he provides organizational development and training throughout the state and supports workforce development initiatives throughout Oswego County.
Naturally inquisitive, Chad asks a lot of questions. This quality has served him well as a newspaper reporter, insurance claims adjuster, healthcare recruiter and story producer for the reality show “The Biggest Loser” on the West Coast. After working in supervisory roles in those industries, he returned to Central New York from Los Angeles and put his interviewing skills to use as a disability specialist with The Hartford insurance group in Syracuse. While working with injured workers to conceive and execute retraining plans for their return to work, he discovered that helping others achieve self-sufficiency provided the purpose he had been searching for.
In 2011, Chad joined the staff at the Oswego County Workforce NY office located in Fulton, New York as an employment specialist. During that time, he directed his efforts toward developing and implementing dynamic learning experiences and opportunities for students at all levels. During this time, he also worked with local employers to spearhead several job fairs and training projects to connect job seekers to local jobs. Additionally, he helped form an advanced manufacturing pre-employment program at Cayuga Community College for unemployed workers based on input from local manufacturers.
Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communication from SUNY Oswego and is grateful for the chance to come full circle back to the place he first learned to “think outside the box”. As part of the SUNY Oswego community, he hopes to share the college’s mission of “…lighting the path to wisdom…” by increasing training programs as well as learning experiences and opportunities to an even broader audience within the region. His drive to serve the community propels him as a leader, cultivator and collaborator.
State University of New York at Oswego, B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication, Oswego, NY Leadership Oswego County - Class of 2013