The Chautauqua County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is requesting proposals for Accounting and Audit Services.

The intent of the RFP is to secure a vendor to provide Accounting and Audit services (year-end and related tax return services) for the WIB.  Type of contract to be awarded is a fixed fee contract.

The WIB, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, oversees the design and delivery of Chautauqua County’s locally tailored workforce development system.  Customer services are delivered through the One-Stop as the entry to the county’s seamless employment support system that offers training, education and employment programs designed to meet the needs and demands of the local and regional labor market.


                RFP Release Date:  1/23/23

                Proposal Due Date:  Postmarked 2/24/23 (or if hand delivered, no later than 4:00 PM 2/24/23)

                RFP Review Date:  TBA

                Award Announcements:  On or before the June 2023 Board Meeting.

                Target Contract Start Date:  7/1/2023 for fiscal year 7/1/22-6/30/23


Click here to view the Accounting and Sudit Services RFP or you may obtain a copy by contacting Katie Geise, Executive Director at (716) 487-5116 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cheryl Lawson, CFO (716) 487-5170 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Development Program is an internship program for Young Professionals (College Students and High School Graduates) that are interested in and pursuing DIRECT PATIENT CARE CAREERS. Chautauqua Works Workforce Investment Board will be accepting applications for this program.  Funding through several local foundations is anticipated.  The program will be based on funding availability. In addition to working with local school districts to create awareness of healthcare careers at the high school level through a career fair at UPMC Chautauqua, this program will also offer an internship component for college students.

“This is our eleventh year being able to offer paid internships specifically for direct patient care in the healthcare field to increase awareness of and interest in our local job opportunities.” said Katie Geise, Executive Director. “Internship programs are a great opportunity for college students to gain experience, but this specific program is also a great opportunity for healthcare related businesses to start building connections with our future workforce. We have a need to fill healthcare jobs locally, and we need to start building relationships between students and employers now.”

Paige was a 2020 participant in the Healthcare Career Advantage Internship.  She did her internship at The Resource Center and had this to say about her internship: “My time with The Resource Center this summer helped to solidify my career decision to pursue nursing. After spending time with LPNs, and RNs, I realized just how much I thoroughly enjoy the profession. I appreciate how variable nursing is, in that every day and every patient is different. I also appreciate the intellectual challenges that each day presents. Nurses are required to continuously think of new ways to treat their patients, and I look forward to embracing this challenge one day. I appreciate that nursing is not a career that everyone can do, as it requires diligence and patience, as exemplified by all staff whom I was fortunate enough to shadow.  I learned a great deal about the IDD community, as I had never previously interacted with these individuals, and I am very thankful for that.  I am very grateful to have been selected for this incredible opportunity and recommend this internship to other students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. These past six weeks allowed me to feel more confident in my career decision and gave me a better idea of what to expect when I become a nurse.”   

Currently, the internship program is seeking college level applicants that are interested in gaining more experience in the healthcare field while also being interested in having a career locally. The application was released on 4/5/22. The program will place interns at host organizations for approximately 6 weeks.  The timing is flexible based on student’s availability and the employer’s need.

If you are a current college student or recent high school graduate interested in a direct patient care career, apply for the 2022 Healthcare Career Advantage Internship, or contact Jody Cheney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (716) 487-5171.  The deadline to apply for this internship program is 4/30/22.


The Jamestown area has been approved for funding under the Gun Violence Prevention Initiative (GVP) awarded by the New York State Department of Labor.  New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is partnering with Chautauqua Works to provide job training, credentialing and placement in good paying jobs to young workers who reside in the Jamestown Zip Code area 14701, which has been impacted by high rates of gun violence.

This effort is a first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency and comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York.  This initiative treats gun violence as a public health crisis and includes short-term solutions as well as long-term strategies that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence.

To be eligible for this program, the participant must be

  • Out of School
  • Between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Residing in 14701 Zip Code

Chautauqua Works Staff will complete an Initial Assessment and Individual Service Strategy at an in-person meeting.  The following workforce preparation services will be available and provided as needed:  Workplace culture and expectations, Application completion, Resume preparation and how to review/talk about/describe a resume, Interview preparation and mock interviews, Job Search assistance, Labor Market Information sharing and explaining, Training options exploration, Career exploration and guidance, Training Provider information sharing, Assistance with employment and training provider application processes.

Based on their individual needs, the participant may potentially be placed in a paid Work Experience with a local participating employer.  The goal, at the end of the paid Work Experience, is that the participant has the potential to turn their experience into a job opportunity and the employer has the opportunity to hire the participant as part of their workforce.  It is a win-win situation for everyone.

“We plan to work with all of our partners on all aspects of this program to ensure that as many potential participants can access these services and are provided the highest quality and most impactful experience resulting in positive outcomes.”  states Katie Geise, Executive Director.

If you are eligible for this program, or know of anyone who may be eligible, please contact Rachel Barto, Specialized Employment Coach at Chautauqua Works. 

Chautauqua Works Workforce Investment Board has released the Chautauqua Advancement Project (CAP) internship application.  This internship program will begin in June and run through August 2022. The CAP Program is an innovative paid internship program for young professionals who have recently graduated or will be graduating this year from college or have recently completed or will be completing before June.  This program is funded through Chautauqua County’s American Recovery Plan Act. The program strives to attract and retain a talented workforce that supports young professionals to start careers in the Chautauqua County area. “This innovative internship program is one of a kind and a great example of the local community investing in young professionals in the area. Over 10 years, we worked with over 75 young professionals and have successfully retained the talents of more than half of those interns at local businesses.” said Katie Geise, WIB Executive Director. “We hope to continue this trend with a new group of young professionals who want to remain in our area.”

Applicants will be brought in for an exploratory interview in order for Geise and her staff to get to know them and their career aspirations. “This internship program is unique in the sense that the type of internship is not decided by us, but by the applicant pool. We get to know what type of career an applicant hopes to pursue locally, and we go out to try to find the right match for the internship. We also do our best to develop an internship that has the potential to turn into a job opportunity,” said Jody Cheney, a member of the WIB staff.

This program benefits both the potential employer and the intern.  The employers get to “try out” an intern, get to know them, get to know their abilities and skills, and make the determination on whether or not the intern is a good fit with their company for a potential new hire.  The interns get a first-hand, on- the- job work experience, meet many new people that open up networking opportunities for them, and can add the experience to their resumes.  “It is a win-win for everyone involved” states Geise.

The program will place interns at host organizations Monday-Thursday, while on Fridays the interns will work with Geise, the WIB staff, and partner organizations to develop leadership and networking skills while also coordinating community projects and exploring the many assets of the Chautauqua County. “During the program, we focus on building up the networks of the interns by hosting different events that allow interns to meet other young professionals and business leaders,” said Geise. “This can open up many more opportunities for the interns to become more involved and engaged in our community.”

“I began my internship at The Chautauqua Center Health Clinic and was quite nervous when I started. Through the first couple weeks though, I came to love everyone I worked with and realized it was a perfect fit for my summer internship. I was able to interact with patients and really get a feel for a career in healthcare.” States Maria Sena, former CAP intern. 

“Aside from my great internship placement, the CAP Program has opened my eyes to everything that Chautauqua County has to offer. I have lived in the area all of my life and never really appreciated it until I learned something new and exciting about the community during our weekly CAP Fridays, which was my favorite part of this program. I've met so many wonderful people and am so grateful to have been part of this program.”

The WIB is accepting applications now.  The deadline for submission of applications is 4/30/22.  If you are a recent or upcoming college graduate or certificate program graduate interested in applying for the CAP Internship Program, click here to obtain the 2022 CAP application, or contact Jody Cheney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 716-487-5171.


2016 CAP Interns.  From left to right – 1st Row – Melissa Mee, Ellen Burns, Hayden Senn; 2nd Row – Brooke Munella, Maria Sena, Katie Geise, Emily Wynne; 3rd Row – Jody Cheney, Nick Anderson, Nate Larson, Jordan Nelson, Lindsey Rensel


As of Monday, July 26, 2021, Chautauqua Works Jamestown Office is open to the public.  No appointment will be necessary to access general job search access in our resource room.  However, all one-to-one staff services will continue to require an appointment.  All services in our Dunkirk office will continue to be offered by appointment only due to staffing limitations until further notice.

Face coverings will be required for everyone at this time.  Prior to entering the building, a COVID questionnaire will be conducted with you. 

Please be advised that we cannot assist with UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE in this office.  All UI questions MUST be directed to:  1 (888) 209-8124 or 

Report UI Fraud - UI Fraud Hotline 1 (888) 598-2077 or



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