In 2009, Sergio Rivera was 18 and looking for an opportunity. After graduating from high school, he knew the path he wanted to take but wasn’t sure how he would break in. “My dad was pretty much the one who guided me to pursue a trade.” Rivera said. His father works as a carpenter most recently for Rochester Gas & Electric. “I talked to my aunt. She was the one who had the connection with RochesterWorks!.” RochesterWorks! connected Rivera with Tambe Electric, who hired and trained him on the job. At 19, he joined a union. Nine years later, he’s still going strong. “Its labor, physical work. As you progress in your career, you get easier jobs,” Rivera told RochesterWorks! in the still under construction living room of his of his Parma home. “Jobs that use more of your brain than your body.” Sergio’s days start early. He’s typically at work by 7 a.m. and most days end by 3:30 p.m. He travels across the region working on various projects as a part of his union. He started off as an apprentice, wiring hospitals before working on light industrial and high voltage projects. Today, he works for O’Connell Electric where he primarily runs tests on various projects. He says that apprentices start somewhere between minimum wage and $15 per hour depending on the company. Pay raises are based on performance, commitment the trade and years invested in the work. Rivera says that overtime is typical for him. “Last year I worked about 3000 hours,” Rivera says. “The average person works about 2000. There’s potential to make a lot of money but you have to be ambitious and hungry. People don’t see the big picture. At 55, I’ll be able to retire and make more than I would be able to by working.”
Action for a Better Community‘s Focus on Self-Sufficiency Department [FSSD] has partnered with Lifetime Assistance, Inc. to hire and provide job retention training to individuals seeking employment in the health care field.
  • Lifetime Assistance, Inc. serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in residential and Day Habilitation settings in the Greater Rochester area.
  • All positions are entry level Direct Support Professionals.
  • Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or HSE [high school equivalency]
  • All candidates are screened by Lifetime Assistance through a criminal background check.
  • All positions are Full Time [35+ hours weekly]
  • There are program support services and incentives available as needed to assist participants in completing the training program.
  • ERIC training is a paid training done on weekdays for four weeks.
Recruitment and enrollment into ERIC is ongoing and we welcome all interested parties to contact either FSSD Director Shawn Futch at 325-5116, ext. 3418 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Self-Sufficiency Specialist and ERIC Instructor Ken Porter-Hutton at 325-5116, ext. 3352 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RochesterWorks! has committed all of our general Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker training grant funds for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2019. We do have some Youth training funds, and we anticipate that we will receive some additional training funds for Dislocated Wokers. Otherwise, we will not be able to award new WIOA funds for training programs that start prior to July 1, 2019. If you are unsure, please speak with a staff member at one of our career centers.
Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. For specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit the website Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. However you choose to take part, you’ll be playing an important role in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities—every day of every month.



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