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KeyBank Provides Kickoff Funding for New Job Training Program

By Jay Miller, Crain's Cleveland Business

To help close the gap between the demand for qualified workers and the preparation of job seekers, the KeyBank Foundation is pledging $1 million to the nonprofit Towards Employment to kick off a new program to be called Key to Careers.

Over three years, KeyBank's support will help Towards Employment offer a comprehensive workforce training program to more than 1,700 individuals. It will focus on the skills needed to fill high-demand occupations in targeted industries, helping participants build skills to meet entry requirements. Career planning, intensive job coaching and supportive and legal services will also be offered.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to grow our impact through this catalytic investment from KeyBank," said Jill Rizika, executive director of Towards Employment, in a press release. "We have proven results that our programming connects people to careers, changes their lives and has an economic impact."

The new program is based on the local success of a five-year demonstration project, WorkAdvance, a national pilot project overseen by Towards Employment.

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