Did you know that New York offers a program specifically designed to help “mature workers” and other typically underemployed people with their career goals? The Workforce Development component of a nonprofit called PathStone provides customized people-centered professional development services, including job training, financial assistance and coaching for job-seekers.
What is PathStone?
PathStone is a private, nonprofit community development and human service organization founded in 1969. Its slate of offerings includes career and employment services designed to enhance the skills, performance and potential of individuals, allowing them to seek meaningful employment in their desired careers. The program offers several types of assistance:
- Case management. Through a collaborative process of planning, advocacy and coordination of services, job developers work with clients to help remove barriers to employment such as lack of transportation, housing, legal services or proper nutrition.
- Work-based training. This includes occupational skills training for in-demand industries, on-the-job training for specific occupations and customized training developed for specific employers.
- Credentialing & certifications. This aspect of the program focuses on career counseling and financial assistance to pursue education and/or occupational training leading to credentials, licenses and certifications that are portable — i.e., accepted across employers, occupations or regions.
- Job placement and retention services. In partnership with a variety of employers, PathStone assists with job placement, then works with employees and employers to ensure performance improvement and job retention. Coaching, mentoring, ongoing skills assessment and enhancement and career planning are services offered to promote retention.
How Do I Sign Up?
There are two ways to apply: You can fill out an application online, or if you’re visiting the Rochester area you can pick up a paper application at the PathStone office, 400 East Ave. The application will require a good deal of information about your educational background, finances and employment history, so be prepared to spend some time filling it out. But don’t worry, it’s worth it if you qualify!