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Labor Department Announces $510,000 to Prepare 270 Low-Income Finger Lakes Region Residents for In-Demand Jobs
$15 Million in Stimulus Funding Statewide to Help Thousands

Rochester, NY (September 14, 2009) - Joined by local officials at a press conference in the City of Rochester, State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today announced that three organizations in the Finger Lakes Region have received more than $510,000 in stimulus funding under the new Emerging and Transitional Worker Grant program to prepare approximately 270 low-income workers for in-demand occupations. Governor David A. Paterson said, “I meet low-income workers every day, and I know that the current recession has been very difficult for every one of them.  Many of these men and women are looking for opportunities to make their lives better.  The Emerging and Transitional Worker grants will touch the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in nearly every corner of the state, enriching families and communities, and most importantly, providing them with a pathway out of poverty.>

State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith said, “As citizens of the Empire State, we all have a moral obligation to lift up our fellow New Yorkers who may have fallen through the cracks as a result of the current recession.  For hundreds of workers in the Finger Lakes Region, this funding will provide them with a basis to succeed not only in the workplace, but also in life.” 

Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy said, “I want to thank Governor Paterson and Labor Commissioner Smith for delivering this vital funding for job training.  We are committed to doing everything possible to get Rochester residents back to work.  Today’s stimulus funding is an important step towards that goal.”

The Labor Department’s Emerging and Transitional Worker grants are intended to give emerging and transitional workers – those with little or no connection to the workforce – the skills necessary to successfully obtain employment and advance their careers.  Tools offered include career planning, work readiness training, High School Diploma or Equivalent preparation and basic occupational skills training.  In some instances, the training will include in-demand sectors such as green collar occupations, health care and advanced manufacturing, as well as collaboration with community colleges.

These grants will help disconnected youth; the unemployed or previously employed; criminal and juvenile justice clients; individuals with disabilities, including veterans; those with limited English proficiency, and social services clients.

Here is a breakdown of awardees, grant amounts and training targets for the Finger Lakes region:

  • Ibero-American Action League – $270,381 will train 126 Latino individuals through a cross-organizational Work Readiness initiative.  The Rochester Educational Opportunity Center will provide training services: career planning, work readiness training, GED and occupational training.  The Ibero-American Action League’s bilingual staff will also provide wrap-around services, from recruitment to retention.
  • Monroe #1 BOCES – $147,943 will train 85 workers with GED or high school diploma as the first priority, and a Work Readiness Credential as the second.  Adult basic education, literacy and math tutoring will be provided to help reach these milestones, along with support services.  Students will then transition to work or post-secondary education.
  • Urban League of Rochester, NY, Inc. – $92,023 will train 60 out-of-school, juvenile justice clients.  The grant will expand the current YouthBuild program.  The expansion will include a training module on green construction and environmental awareness.

Workers interested in this training should contact either the grant recipients or their nearest One-Stop Career Center.

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