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Certificate of Employability

What is a Certificate of Employability?

The Certificate of Employability (COE) is a work readiness credential issued to students who elect to go through a 30-hour training process to gain validated workplace skills. The curriculum will be implemented in all seven public school districts in Schenectady County in fall 2005, assisting students in preparing to be good employees. To date, The Chamber has enlisted nearly 20 area employers who recognize the importance of the COE and will give hiring preference to students who have earned it.

Level I Certification is awarded to students eligible for working papers who are establishing themselves in a “first” work or volunteer position. The student completes a structured soft-skills curriculum. School/agency personnel will validate competency in the areas listed in the Level I criteria.
Level II Certification is awarded to students who have completed Level I Certification and have proven skill competency in a community-based work experience. An employer must validate competency, and the student must participate in a co-requisite work experience. 
Learn more about the Certificate of Employability by visiting the COE website at

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