October 15, 2010
In February 2010, PathStone was one of 38 agencies nationwide to be awarded a federal Pathways Out of Poverty grant to train Americans for green jobs. The US Department of Labor awarded PathStone $8 million to recruit, train and place eligible participants in green jobs in Rochester, NY, Scranton, PA and Puerto Rico.
In PathStone’s project, called Green for Gold, each state is assisting individuals to enter a different sector of green jobs: deconstruction in Rochester; renewable energy in Scranton; and recycling/waste management in Puerto Rico. Green for Gold serves residents in high poverty areas who are unemployed, have been incarcerated or lack a high school diploma.
Currently, recruitment, training and job development are all underway. Participants are being assessed and enrolled in industry-specific job training classes; placement of training graduates is just beginning. By the end of the program, PathStone will have trained 1200 participants that can enter green occupations.
President Obama’s New Energy for America plan would commit $150 billion for the creation of five million green jobs over the next ten years.
We are excited to be on the cutting edge of helping to define green jobs and helping Americans to get back to work!
For additional information, contact Cheri Switzer, Green for Gold Program Administrator, 585.340.3706; firstname.lastname@example.org.