PathStone Corp., and its affiliate, The Enterprise Center at PathStone Inc., announced a workforce training program funded by a $3 million grant from the city of Rochester’s We ROC fund, as well as support from the ESL Charitable Foundation.
The funds will be deployed in the city of Rochester and will target the unemployed and under-employed adults – including justice-involved re-entry clients – providing them with opportunities of workforce training and job placements at no cost, as well as underserved and minority-owned small businesses looking for training opportunities, capital and grant dollars to further maximize their chances of success.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete occupational skills training activities and obtain credentials in areas such as manufacturing, CDL, asbestos removal, forklift operations, CNA and drone operations.
In collaboration with employers of areas in high demand, PathStone will also assist participants in obtaining jobs.
The Enterprise Center’s activities will include entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to emerging entrepreneurs. It will also provide access to capital via either small business lending – including micro loans for startups and larger loans for established businesses – and a special grant program for city of Rochester small businesses of up to $10,000.
“PathStone is thrilled to increase the impact we have on the greater Rochester community by bringing workforce development to a larger population than we’ve been serving in the last five years,” said Alex Castro, Pathstone’s president and CEO. “The impact our program has not only includes the direct participant but their immediate friends and family as well as the local workforce. Additionally, entrepreneurs will have more resources to maximize the chances of success of their small business.”
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