workforce development

We discuss workforce development in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. A local program has been highlighted by a statewide non-profit for its efforts to help young people gain valuable skills.

We discuss the Green Visions program at Greentopia and the state of workforce development in our area. In studio:

  • Morgan Barry, director of the Green Visions program at Greentopia
  • Tiani Jennings, site manager for the Green Visions program at Greentopia
  • David Miller, graduate of the Green Visions program at Greentopia
  • John Premo, director of community and business services for RochesterWorks
  • Bob Trouskie, director of field services for the Workforce Development Institute


Monroe County and Monroe Community College are teaming up once again to host "Inspire Monroe," a new targeted career exploration fair.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joined MCC President Anne Kress to announce the fair, which will focus on careers in three in-demand industries: advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.

Kress says these are fields with thousands of jobs open in the area, but many people don’t think they’re accessible.

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Local students were able to get out of the classroom Thursday  to learn more about the hands-on work of construction, welding and plumbing.

The occasion was the 19th annual Construction Career Day, which brings hundreds of students together to learn from roughly 20 exhibitors. They use their booths to teach students how to use a blow-torch, lay bricks or simply answer general questions.

The goal of the event is to introduce students to new career paths.

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the site of a local YouthBuild project Wednesday.

The home building project helps at-risk youth successfully transition from school to the workforce while rebuilding their communities, helping participants work toward a high school diploma or GED while gaining experience in the construction industry.

Congresswoman Slaughter said everything about this project is positive.

A program designed to provide job opportunities in the health care field to low-income people is making headway in Rochester.

That was the message Thursday from various officials, including those with Action for a Better Community which is helping administer the program for Health Professional Opportunity Grants.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced the $1.6 million grant last year, and she says it provides training for people in a variety of health care positions.