OSWEGO – Oswego Health and the U.S. Army are finding common ground through the U.S. Army’s Youth Success Partnership (PaYS) program at a joint signing event held in downtown Oswego yesterday, Thursday, August 18.
Attendees at the event included Oswego Health Vice President of Human Resources Mark Brown, Army Recruit Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John R. Dickens, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, and SUNY Oswego student Jack Anugaus.
The PaYS program is an enlistment option and recruitment initiative for prospective soldiers, ROTC cadets, and their families. By participating in the PaYS program, the Army reassures parents and potential recruits about the long-term investment in their son or daughter through education and training.
We partner with companies and state agencies such as Oswego Health to guarantee soldiers and ROTC cadets enrolled in the program and have five job interviews upon completion of service requirements.
Mr. Brown spoke about the opportunities that the program presents and the benefits that the community can gain by partnering with the PaYS program.
“The Army contacted me about the program. When I learned about the program, I knew it would be easy for Oswego Health,” said Brown. “We are always looking to build a pipeline of talent both inside and outside of our organization. So this partnership with the PaYS program is a win-win for both Oswego Health and these prospective soldiers and ROTC cadets. It provides another pipeline for healthcare talent in our community while also providing a career path for soldiers leaving the Army.”
Lt. Col. John R. Dickens also spoke about the overall value that the Oswego Health partnership brings to post-military employment goals.
“Oswego Health is building a value-based connection with the Army by joining other American companies and public sector agencies in partnerships for success, often referred to simply as the PaYS program. There is a common concern of educating people in a highly competitive work environment and preparing them for an uncertain future,” Dickens said.
“This is more than just a recruitment or retention tool. It is an opportunity for the Army and its partners to build a network of high-caliber candidates for the benefit of each organization and to connect and learn from each other at the community level. The more we can bridge the gap between us, the stronger we can be.At Oswego Health, we understand that opportunity matters.Opportunities for self-improvement, opportunities for growth, opportunities for success. We are looking forward to this partnership, which we are officially entering into today.”
The city of Oswego entered into a partnership with the Army’s PaYS program three years ago, and Barlow spoke of the benefits of having former military personnel join the city’s workforce. The city said it is always looking to hire ex-military police officers and firefighters.
“It’s certainly mutually beneficial. It makes the transition a little bit easier for veterans and veterans to easily get opportunities here in Oswego, guaranteed job opportunities and interviews, and the ability to work anytime.” “You can have new people coming from the service. And of course it’s mutually beneficial for employers to get solid and reliable new employees for their organizations,” Barlow said. Great program, I’m so proud that Oswego Health has considered this program and joined the city government as a partner in this program so we can bring more local veterans to work in our city. You can, Oswego, said Barlow.
Anugaus is currently attending SUNY Oswego. He intends to finish his college career while serving in the military and plans to enlist in the Army as soon as possible. Anugaus sang the national anthem to coincide with the start of the event.
“Because of the PaYS program, the military is like … a great program in itself, especially with young myself,” Anugaus said. “I think college takes too much away from the hands-on experience of what the world has to offer. I thought it was one of the best places I could be, especially now, because I can get college and education.”
Barlow was awarded the Syracuse Battalion Company Coin for his partnership and continued support of the PaYS program.
Marc Brown, Vice President of Human Resources at Oswego Health, signed the partnership agreement. Photo by Shay O’Malley.
Army Recruit Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John R. Dickens signs partnership agreement. Photo by Shay O’Malley.
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