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Workforce Development

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Niagara County Employment & Training

Provides funding that does not have to be repaid as well as job placement assistance.

  • Funding is open to all, but preference may be given to Niagara County residents.
  • You must enroll in a program that is listed on Niagara County’s most recent Approved Training Providers List. Currently, SUNY Niagara’s Workforce Development Programs in Supply Chain Management, Emergency Medical Technician, and Google IT Support all qualify.
  • If you are a working student, you must earn less than $30 an hour at the time of application.
  • You should apply a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the program’s start date.

The programs above are not all programs funded or all of the requirements that you may need based on your circumstance. For more information, visit

Buffalo Futures

Services the youth of Niagara and Erie Counties with education funding and career planning.  If you are between the ages of 16-24, you may qualify for funding and should create an account at  After you complete your online profile, you will be paired with a career counselor who will help you to explore your educational and career paths.  Our programs accept funding if you qualify for their services.

Buffalo Education and Training Center

Provides funding that does not need to be repaid along with job training skills.

  • Funding depends largely on what grants are available.
  • Eligibility is dependent on the grant and can include income requirements, county residency, and program selection.
  • Pharmacy Technician and Sterile Processing Technician programs qualify

For more information and to see if you qualify for any available grants, visit or call them directly at (716) 856-5627.

Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (Workforce Development Program)

Provides tuition assistance for post-secondary education and/or occupational skills training (Certification programs). This agency also provides case management related to workforce activities, assistance in identifying barriers to employment, career counseling/exploration, interview preparation, resume and cover letter development, a six-week work experience program, job search and placement assistance, on the job training, entrepreneurial/small business information, and referrals/linkages to other programs. If you are looking for educational resources and information; TASC classes (formerly GED classes); or assistance in obtaining a status card/tribal documentation, this agency may also be able to help.

You must be an enrolled member of a Native American Tribe/Nation or a descendant of an enrolled member for funding assistance.

Participants can reside in Erie, Niagara, Onondaga, Oswego, Yates, Wayne, Oneida, Orleans, Cortland, Genesee, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Madison, Livingston, Monroe, or Wyoming counties.

Not all requirements or everything NACSWNY has to offer is listed here. For additional details about other services and/or to find out if your individual circumstance meets specific requirements for these services, contact Colleen Casali, 716-874-2797 ext. 314, You can also find out more online via or through Facebook. Search for: NACS Workforce Development Program.

PathStone Corporation

A non-profit organization that helps low-income farmworkers and their families to improve their living standards through educational programs, employment services and support services to help them get better jobs and wages. PathStone can help you obtain your GED and provide funding for educational programs and/or supplies of up to $5,000. They can also assist with food emergencies, rental emergencies, and clothes and transportation for work.

You may qualify for PathStone’s assistance if:

  • you are or have been a farmworker in the last 2 years or your parents worked in farm work in the last 2 years (parents can be undocumented).
  • you must also meet certain enrollment and income eligibility to qualify. Note that Fidelis Healthcare or any form of government financial assistance may qualify you.

For more information, contact Lezly Rosario Alvarado,, 585-820-7486.

Additional Assistance

There are many agencies that assist with funding for Workforce Development Programs. We always encourage applicants to check with their employer or union as well as tuition assistance may be available.  This is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in one of the programs, especially if it falls under Allied Health (Pharmacy Technician or Sterile Processing you are encouraged to reach out. Contact Maryjo Erway,, 716-614-6472 to discuss your individual circumstance.


Workforce Development
Phone: 716-614-6236
Location: A-231