Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County's horticulture program is committed to supporting Monroe County residents who are experiencing unemployment or underemployment. We accomplish this through several workforce development programs in partnership with community gardens, horticulture businesses, and our own South Lawn Project.
The Landscape Technicians Training Program is a
120-hour training for individuals seeking employment in the field of
horticulture. The program is strongly supported by the horticulture
industry as most instructors are volunteers who work in the field. Local
nursery, retail and landscape companies are in dire need of workers. Students are given basic horticultural knowledge and an introduction to the
many career paths they can follow. Students also receive their 10-hour OSHA
Construction Safety certification. As graduation approaches, job offers will
come in and students will work with the Program Director to apply and prepare for
interviews. The goal of the program is for all students to gain immediate
employment upon completion of the program.
The Gaining Relevant and Outstanding
Work Skills (GROWS) Program
towards young adults who are unemployed and live in low-income neighborhoods in
the City of Rochester. The South Lawn Project (SLP) involves the development of
an educational farm on a half-acre at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County
office, just north of the City of Rochester boundary. Utilizing work on the
farm through a transitional jobs program and horticulture education, we will
teach young adults how to grow vegetables, help them understand the power of
fresh produce as they deliver harvests to local food cupboards and, at the same
time, help them build structure in their daily lives and develop the soft
skills they need to be successful employees. By working side-by-side with CCE
Monroe staff, the participants will gain daily mentoring to help them embrace
these lessons. The end goal is to help them secure employment in the
horticulture or agriculture industry.
South Lawn Project is an educational urban farm and garden. It is a transformation of CCE-Monroe's .5 acres of lawn into a working urban farm, display gardens and outdoor classroom space. Features include display gardens, a fenced "truck farm", handicap accessible raised beds and walking paths, a greenhouse, and a butterfly house. This growing space will be used for community experiential learning, workforce development programs, youth development, nutrition education, and more. Impacting Lives Through The South Lawn Project - Spectrum News highlighting the South Lawn Project and Workforce Development.
The GROWS program provides paid job training and career connections
2022 Cornell Intern, Nika Colley, shares her experience with our Workforce Development Program.
To request more information on how you can participate in our workforce development programs for youth and young adults, email email@example.com or contact us at 585-753-2550.
Consider investing in the lives of young people experiencing barriers to employment. CCE Monroe is committed to supporting skill development for health, employment, and life success. The Friends of Extension Foundation holds an endowment to support youth and young adults, workforce development, and urban agriculture. Donate Here!