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Dinolfo Announces Launch of New Property Maintenance Certification Program

Dinolfo Announces Launch of New Property Maintenance Certification Program

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Monroe Community College (MCC) Vice President Dr. Todd Oldham announced the launch of a Property Maintenance Certification Program, a new consortium funded by LadderzUP and powered by MCC. Eleven individuals are participating in the thirteen week inaugural Property Maintenance class, sponsored by three companies: Gallina Development Corp., The Cabot Group, and Grand Atlas Properties.

“There are good-paying jobs open right here, right now in growing industries like property maintenance and more,” said Dinolfo. “We’ve made it our mission to use Monroe County’s unique LadderzUp workforce development program to help hundreds of residents earn the skills they need to succeed in new careers. The Property Maintenance Certificate is our latest LadderzUp expansion and will help us connect even more residents with more local jobs. I thank MCC, Gallina Development, The Cabot Group, and Grand Atlas Properties for their partnership and support.”

In the Property Maintenance Certification Program, participants receive classroom instruction at MCC on Monday through Thursday and receive hands-on skills training at a job-site on Fridays. Participants develop basic construction skills like HVAC, plumbing, electrical, use of power tools, flooring, masonry, and more. Four participants are currently sponsored by local employers to enhance their skills, while the seven others will complete the program and work with the County to obtain employment.

“MCC responds to the needs of the regional workforce with innovative solutions, like the Property Maintenance Certification Program, to help businesses, industries and individuals maintain a competitive edge,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress. “With Monroe County’s support through LadderzUP and our partnerships with employers, we’re opening doors of opportunity for individuals seeking careers in the skilled trades.”

LadderzUP is a Monroe County program, powered by MCC, that creates custom, accelerated job-training skills development and certification programs that prepare individuals for immediate career opportunities. Also focused on company-specific programs, the Property Maintenance Certification Program is another example of the consortium-based LadderzUP model. The first Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program, another LadderzUP consortium, finished in April.

“LadderzUP is a program that will provide a chance for local people that have an interest in working in the Property Maintenance field but don’t currently possess the needed skills or path to access it,” said Bruce Hunt, Vice President of Facilities Management at of The Cabot Group. “I have a passion for this type of training as I started in the Kodak apprentice program 39 years ago and it gave me a career path that has been challenging and rewarding. This is a way to give back and a way to help establish a strong maintenance workforce in Rochester.”

All programs meet curriculum standards set by the New York State Education Department.