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RMSC receives grant from KeyBank Foundation in support of youth workforce development program

    ROCHESTER, NY—Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) received a $10,000 grant from the KeyBank Foundation to support its Career Ladder program, which offers workplace experience to at-risk youth ages 15–19 who are currently enrolled in school. Career Ladder participants serve as members of RMSC’s daily operations team by engaging visitors, assisting with events and programs, and maintaining exhibits. The program teaches basic job expectations and communication skills; builds confidence; and encourages students to look for future educational and employment opportunities.

    “KeyBank is proud to help support the fun approach to learning that the Rochester Museum and Science Center is known for,” said KeyBank Rochester Market President James Barger. “The Career Ladder Program provides teens with valuable, unique experiences that will help them and help our community grow and develop for years to come.”

    The KeyBank Foundation supports organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures. The Foundation’s mission is advanced through three priorities: Neighbors, Education, and Workforce.

    “The Career Ladder program is an important program that provides transformative skills and workplace confidence that help participants throughout their lives,” said RMSC Chief Executive Officer Kate Bennett. “RMSC has long-standing experience in engaging youth of all ages in valuable learning, volunteer, and work opportunities. Career Ladder builds upon that foundation, resulting in youth with greater interest in science and math, as well as a love of learning.”

    Now in its seventh year, Career Ladder serves approximately 15 students annually, many of whom graduate college, maintain jobs in STEM fields, and/or continue to give back to the community where they reside.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,, or visit

    About KeyCorp

    KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.0 billion at March 31, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

    About the Rochester Museum & Science Center

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

    Photo left to right: James Barger, KeyBank Rochester Market President; Amy McConville, Rochester Museum & Science Center Floor Supervisor; Kawanza Humphrey, KeyBank Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Officer; Kate Bennette, Rochester Museum & Science Center Chief Executive Officer; Richard Owens; KeyBank Vice President, Middle Market Business Banking Relationship Manager