RETAIN Monroe addresses two serious workforce issues facing Monroe County: a job gap, where employers cannot find employees to fill specialized roles, and a low graduate retention rate that indicates that our top-tier talent is leaving the region for gainful employment elsewhere.  This innovative program offers recent graduates a $2,000 lump sum payment after having lived, worked and networked in Monroe County for one year.  These grants are offered directly through Monroe County employers, with the stipulation that the new hire have at least a four-year degree that is directly related to their position in Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Optics, Photonics and Imaging (OPI) or Software/IT.  By offering companies this valuable recruitment tool, Monroe County is promoting awareness of local opportunities, developing a more skilled talent pipeline and building relationships with local businesses. If you are an employer that would like to participate in the RETAIN Monroe program, or if you would like more information, visit


A Monroe County workforce development initiative in support of local residents and employers. The Mpower partnership between MCC and Monroe County directly responds to the need to grow the local workforce. Mpower focuses on the upskilling and reskilling of county residents through accessible training based on local market demand. Mpower reflects a COVID-impacted economy and focuses on providing solutions to displaced workers, or career-changers, by helping train and transition workers into high-demand, self-sustaining jobs with local employers.

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Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats is a national non-profit program connecting veterans with skilled training and career opportunities in the construction industry. Monroe County partners with local building and construction trade organizations who administer technical training.

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Monroe on the Job

Monroe on the Job is a groundbreaking training initiative. The program is available to companies participating in qualified certification programs which lead to an industry-recognized certification or transferable credential.

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Monroe Manufactures Jobs

The Monroe Manufactures Jobs program connects graduates of the Monroe Community College Applied Technology Center with local manufacturing companies by providing both the employer and the employee a $1,500 bonus. Certain criteria applies for eligibility.

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