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PathStone receives $8 million for green job training

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 1/13/2010 2:56:25 PM

PathStone Corp. will receive an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for green jobs training, part of a $150 million program from the federal stimulus, government officials said Wednesday.

The stimulus projects will train participants in New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, including unemployed individuals, high school drop-outs and individuals with a criminal record, for work in three energy efficiency and clean energy sub-sectors. The program designed for the New York area will focus on deconstruction and specifically focus on city properties slated for demolition in Rochester.

Through the 38 grants awards announced today, targeted populations will receive recruitment and referral services, basic work and occupational skills and support to help overcome barriers to employment. The programs will give participants certifications and on-the-job training that will lead to employment.

The grants are part of a larger stimulus initiative—totaling $500 million—to fund work force development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.

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