2021 Youth of the Year
Aaron was referred to us for a Work Experience.
He was still in High School so placement had its difficulties. We found a position for him at Go Art in Batavia. He had the opportunity to set-up a viewing room using local artists work. He did really well, however the Work Experience was ended abruptly due to Covid-19.
Aaron, who wanted to work stayed vigilant through some tough months, wanting our assistance in developing his career path. We enrolled him as a WIOA Youth, reviewed his career path, goals, and provided career element services. We saw a job posting at ARC of Genesee/Orleans for an entry level maintenance person. This fit in with his career plan and we thought it could be a good fit. We contacted ARC to discuss WIOA and the Work Experience portion of our program. It took some work, but after a couple of phone and in person meetings and then an interview, Aaron was hired for a 200 hour Work Experience. We developed the plan for the Occupational and Academic Skill to be learned during the work experience. Now it was up to him with a little support from us. He was on time and worked very hard every day. The placement was a great fit for him, he was excited about his work and it showed. Shortly after starting it was discovered that he needed work boots, so we put in a request for supportive services. The reports we received back from his supervisor was that his work was great. After the work experience was up, the ARC contacted Aaron and offered him the position permanently. He is currently working at ARC and he loves his job. The work experience afforded him the opportunity to see what work was like and to learn the beginning skills of the maintenance trade. It showed him what hard work can do for you and how it can pay off. He has a job he enjoys and a local employer benefited by gaining an employee they can mold and train in his career. He not only has his foot in the door of a job he truly appreciates but this is the start of a career that can lead to so many opportunities for Aaron.
2021 Participant of the Year
Shannon had been out of the workforce for several years after
sustaining a disabling back injury while she was a CNA. While off work, she had been active in the community as a volunteer but wanted to get off of disability. She wanted a better financial future for herself and her grandson who she is raising. It was also important to her to continue in a job that helped others. Looking at her aspirations and limitations she decided Phlebotomy would be a good fit.
She attended training and did quite well. She completed the course and took her licensure exam which she passed. After assisting with her job search, Shannon was offered employment at UMMC.
She was very excited however she had not worked in a while and was nervous.
She says that school was a big help giving her a sense of structure
that now has carried over to the work environment.
2021 WIOA Business of the Year
We truly appreciate the efforts the GCEDC has made to expand partnerships,
identify new services, align resources, and the collaboration on delivering training services to ensure employers have access to a skilled workforce, while providing opportunities for jobseekers.
These partnerships improve opportunities for current job seekers and establish a conduit for our future workforce to meet the needs of this community. GCEDC has paved the way, working together on events such as GLOW with Your Hands, Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp, and other projects aimed at ensuring we have local training that leads to meaningful, long-term employment in this community.
They have assisted us in connecting with local businesses for recruitments and
worked with us to develop solutions for future training needs.
The GCEDC has done a great job of bringing players to the table,
coming up with new and creative workforce solutions and a heightened partnership approach
that aligns resources to benefit businesses and job seekers alike in Genesee County.
2020 WIOA Youth Participant of the Year
Amanda came to us in March of 2019 shortly before her 25th birthday, as a single mom of a 4 month old. She was working full time as a CNA and had been since graduation from high school, always wanting to become an LPN. She had enrolled at Genesee Valley BOCES and was awarded some financial aid. This was not enough to cover her tuition and other needs. We were able to assist her with the remainder of her tuition and provide her with supportive services paying for her Licensure Exam. Amanda completed the program and passed her NCLEX Exam in May of 2020. She is working at Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center, has bought a house, and has another baby on the way.
2020 WIOA Adult Participant of the Year
Kelli came to us in February of 2020 she was on unemployment and dealing with workers compensation for a shoulder injury from another job and could not return to her previous industry. She was interested in attending Clinical Medical Assistant Training through the BEST Center at Genesee Community College. She started her training just before COVID restrictions were put in place. She had to adjust to virtual learning and then had multiple delays in the clinical/hands on portions of her training but she never gave up. Kelli started looking for jobs before classes ended. She passed her licensure exam and is currently working as a Medical Assistant and is enjoying her new career.
April received a total of 3 Awards at our SYEP Year End Celebration.
She has been a participant in the program for 4 years, has perfect attendance, and was nominated by her worksite for a Work Ethic Award based on her outstanding cooperation. April is going into her Senior Year of High School and plans to attend college after she participates in the SYEP one more time this coming summer to help with college expenses.
he returned to college with the goal of helping others. He attended Genesee Community College
and then the College at Brockport with assistance from ACCES-VR and emerged with his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. His goal was to give back to help others who need career services. He had his degree, now he needed some experience and was hired as an Employment and Training Counselor here at the Genesee County Job Development Bureau on a part-time basis. Jeff began receiving service as a Ticket to Work Customer and was awarded our participant of the year in 2019.
Jeff is now a Full-Time Counselor assisting others who need help getting back to work. He is able to give a unique perspective and truly help and motivate his clients. In the future, Jeff would like to continue to follow his passion of helping by becoming certified as a Rehabilitation Counselor. His courage, determination, and persistence are an inspiration to us all.