He said CV-TEC also benefits from donations of stainless-steel scrap used to train students in specialized welding of that material.
Rivera said he had been to the North Country decades ago, when he worked in the private sector. He was impressed by the changes since that time.
“I can see the growth, the beauty and the changes in the community,” he said.
Rivera said he wants to visit several more times to see what the area will look like a year from now, five years from now and 10 years from now.
“My message to you is ‘Remember, the Department of Labor is your partner,’” he said.
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said Rivera and his department have been invaluable to the region’s workforce-development efforts.
“Commissioner Rivera has been, and after this visit, I know he will be even more of a valuable partner,” he said.
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