Employment & Training

Action For A Better Community

400 West Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 Family Development Specialist: ☎: 585- 295-1745

  • Family Self-Sufficiency – FSSP 
    • Classes start the 1st Monday of each Month (4 weeks) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm dailyThis 4-week training session is focused on removing employment barriers and providing the tools needed for long-term sustainable self-sufficiency. This session also includes the 3 week Job Readiness Training. The commitment includes:
      Personalized assessment scaling tool, Complete a personalized action plan, Attending daily self-sufficiency sessions facilitated by trained and qualified staff, Working on self-identified goals with staff and peers,Increasing knowledge of life skills, Developing work experience through internships and volunteer services.
  • Job Readiness Training – JRT classes start the 1st Monday of each Month (3 weeks)
    • 9 am – 12 pm daily. This 3-week training session assists participants with preparing a resume, cover letter, job search techniques and other employment skills.
  • TASC Preparation classes Monday – Friday 9:00 am -12:30 pm
    • This is an on-going service designed to prepare participants to achieve the ORT score that qualifies you to set for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion. (TASC)
      *We now offer the computerized NYS TASC test the last Friday of each month. Limited seating call to reserve.*
  • One to One coaching session by appointment only
    • Coaching is designed to assist participants with issues of career exploration, career change, and personal career development and provide referrals for employment.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

109 S Union St, Rochester, NY 14607 ☎:  (585) 238-2900

ACCES-VR starts with the presumption that all individuals with disabilities, including  those Mental Health and Substance Abuse diagnoses, can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services and should have opportunities to work in jobs integrated within their communities.  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors guide individuals through service programs they need to reach their highly personalized employment goals and also connect program participants with opportunities for training and educational scholarships.


Associates for Training and Development

71 Parkway, Rochester NY 14608 ☎:1-800-439-3307  ☎: 585-703-8594

Advanced Workforce Development for Mature Workers. The purpose of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is to offer a “stepping stone back into the workforce. Funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act, the SCSEP helps people find employment by providing PAID long-term training assignments for up to 20 hours a week at non-profit agencies, and job search assistance.           


Baden Street Attain Lab

Clinton-Baden Community Center, 485 N.Clinton Avenue, Rochester NY 14605   ☎:585-325-4910 ext.1127

Baden Street Settlement of Rochester, Inc. is the first community-based organization in Western New York to open a state-of-the-art SUNY ATTAIN lab. The advanced technology lab brings computer technology directly into the community – to individuals who would not otherwise have access to high-quality computers and software. The Baden Street ATTAIN lab focuses on providing computer-based academic and employability training, thus enabling unemployed/under employed adolescents and adults to develop the foundational academic, occupational, and technical skills necessary in today’s workplace.  The jewel of ATTAIN is the availability of Microsoft training and testing towards obtaining IT Industry recognized certifications. Baden ATTAIN is among a network of 30+ computer training facilities across New York State maintained by The State University of New York University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD), through funding support from the New York State Legislature. The project promotes digital parity in Rochester and economically challenged communities statewide.

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

39 State Street Suite, 400, Rochester, NY 14614 ☎: 585-362-4080 Fax: 585-473-3091

CEO offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services. This year, CEO anticipates preparing more than 4,500 people to move into mainstream employment.

Coffee Connection

681 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 ☎: 585-442-2180

Coffee Roastery and café that Empowers women on their journey to sustainable recovery from addiction. They create jobs and train women for sustainable employment as a not-for-profit business selling fair trade, organically-grown, and sustainably-farmed coffee to retail and wholesale customers.

Native American Cultural Center (NACC)

229 Empire Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14609 ☎: (585) 442-1100 Fax 585- 442-1128

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA)  assists eligible Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians to achieve their educational and career goals by working with students to successfully complete their program of study as well as gain meaningful employment. Eligible Individuals work with a Coordinator to develop a resume, interview skills, and job skills for workforce placement. NACC will also provide support through Tuition Assistance, Daycare Assistance, Training Stipends, Mileage/ Bus Passes, Books, Uniforms, Tools and other supportive needs.

Rochester Works!

  • Goodman Street Career Center
    255 North Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14607 : 585-258-3500 Fax: 585-232-372
  • Waring Road Career Center/NYS Department of Labor
    276 Waring Road, Rochester, NY  14609 : 585-266-7760 Fax: 585-266-7041
  • Department of Social Services
    691 St. Paul Street Rochester, NY 14605 : 585-753-5656


RochesterWorks! helps job seekers find jobs, move to higher paying jobs and get training to improve skills. Job Seekers visiting RochesterWorks! at any point are linked to available jobs, educational and training grants and opportunities to upgrade their skills and career planning services and resources. Rochester Works! assists businesses with recruitment, assessment, placement and training, and connects them to all federally-funded employment and training programs in Monroe County. Rochester Works! also hosts a variety of ongoing career fairs  at various locations to assist job seekers to find stable employment.

Rochester Regional Healthy Moms Program – Project Independence

89 Genesee Street Rochester, NY 14611  ☎: 585-368-3490 Fax: 585-368-3748

Program for pregnant women and women with children under the age of two years old that either live in the City of Rochester or are Unity OB/GYN patients in Monroe County.With on-site job coaching at the Unity St. Mary’s Campus, mothers will learn valuable work skills and participate in job training programs including weekly Vocational workshops that offer hands-on assistance with resume writing, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews, Community-based employment that offers support securing paid employment while also  learning job skills, managing work relationships and achieving positive outcomes. The Healthy Moms Program also offers help with enrolling in GED and college programs and provide on-site coaching right at school.

Rochester Rehabilitation Drive On

  • Main Location
    Rochester Rehabilitation, Door 5, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620
  • Second Location
    Jewish Home, 2021 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14618


Driver Evaluation determines a person’s ability to drive a vehicle safely with or without adaptive equipment, and involves a comprehensive clinical and behind-the-wheel assessment. It is most often the entry point for services and is most frequently facilitated by physician referral. A Driver Evaluation can determine a new driver’s potential to
learn to drive or whether an experienced driver is safe to continue to drive. The process also identifies the need for additional driver training. Driver Training is a knowledge and performance competency-based program tailored to individual needs. Training sessions occur weekly and are highly interactive between instructor and student. While the duration of training is dependent upon the complexity of the student’s needs, mastery of adaptive equipment, if needed, may require 5-25 hours to achieve basic proficiency.Equipment and Vehicle Evaluations   assess the needs of the individual and matches with adaptive equipment or vehicle modifications that best enable driving, or the ability
to ride as a safe passenger. The Driver Rehabilitation Specialist will make recommendations to design the vehicle to meet the driver or passenger needs to ensure maximum independence capability. An Evaluation may include adaptive driving
aids, hoists and lifts for wheelchairs and scooters, and transfer assistance devices.

Rochester Rehabilitation Employment Connection

1357 University Ave.Rochester NY 14607  ☎: 585-263-2690 Fax 585-232-4637

  • Employment Connection Program
    Program of Rochester Rehabilitation that helps adults with disabilities and other disadvantages successfully find and keep jobs. Nationally, people with disabilities experience an unemployment rate that’s nearly twice the rate of their non-disabled peers and are hit hardest by a struggling economy.
    Not only does work provide self-worth and financial independence, but also reduces reliance on public assistance and contributes to the local economy. More than 75% of the people who complete vocational programs secure employment for at least 20 hours per week and a ratio of 3:1 keep their job for at least one year.
    Refugee Employment Services is aimed at helping refugees and their families who have come to the US to find employment and become self-sufficient. The program focuses on refugees who have been in the US for less than five years, are employable, and are seeking work or already engaged in some form of work activity. Refugees who achieve self-sufficiency reduce and sometimes eliminate their dependency on social services.
  • Refugee Employment Services
    Program funded through a Targeted Assistance Grant (TAG) offered by New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and monitored by the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA). Once intake team determines eligibility for the program, an employment specialist will develop an individual plan with realistic goals for achieving self-sufficiency that may include the following services: Basic immigration paperwork and related applications, including public assistance, Driver instruction through agency driving school, DriveOn, Driver training resources, pre-licensing, and defensive driving courses, Employment preparation and job skills training,Job placement, follow-up, and transitional support ,Referrals to various community resources

Renewal Services Rochester, Inc.

218 Burrows Street, Rochester, New York 14606  ☎: 585-436-1338    

Renewal Services Rochester is a nonprofit workforce development agency. Renewal Services Rochester is dedicated to helping individuals who are returning from incarceration find stability and reintegrate into the community. We use horticulture, the practice of growing plants to help make the world more beautiful and to protect the environment, as a way to help people prepare for the world of work. Through our 12 week Landscape Technicians Certificate Training program, held every January – March, we teach the basics of horticulture with a heavy emphasis on introducing our students to a wide range of employers. Most graduates will find employment immediately upon completion of the class.  Scholarships are available for this training.

Veterans Outreach Center

447 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620 ☎: 585- 546-1081 CALL Toll free ☎: 1-866-906-VETS (8387)


No appointment necessary.  Assistance with developing a plan for Veterans to search for and secure job placement, financial counseling,  and referral assistance services are also available.