Workforce Development: RochesterWorks!

Monroe County is the grant recipient for funds authorized under the Workforce Investment Act, the Trade Adjustment Act, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Monroe County and the City of Rochester have designated RochesterWorks!, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to administer workforce development programs on their behalf. The Workforce Development Division provides program and fiscal oversight for the local workforce investment system, known as RochesterWorks! The division will continue to partner with business and other community organizations to ensure that broad input helps to define our local workforce development system.

RochesterWorks!, Inc.

RochesterWorks!, Inc. Logo.Providing Businesses and Job Seekers In Monroe County with a Network of Quality Employment Resources and Services.

RochesterWorks!, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation has been designated by the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester to administer the workforce development funds targeted for Monroe County. RochesterWorks!, Inc. serves as fiscal agent, research and development staff and downtown career center manager for the Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

RochesterWorks!, Inc. manages over $11 million in employment and training resources designed to serve job seekers and businesses through the workforce development system known as RochesterWorks!

As staff and fiscal agent for the Work Force Investment Board (WIB), RochesterWorks!, Inc. administers resources allocated under the Workforce Investment Act, Trade Adjustment Act, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Visit or call one of the career centers. Each provides a full range of services to job seekers and businesses.


  • Downtown Rochester Career Center
    255 N. Goodman Street
    Rochester, NY 14607
    Phone: 585 258-3500
    Fax: 585 232-3727
  • RochesterWorks! Career Center
    Department of Labor
    276 Waring Road
    Rochester, NY 14609
    Phone: 585 266-7760
    Fax: 585 266-7041

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Employer Services

The goal of RochesterWorks! is to make Greater Rochester a premier place for employment opportunities and a rich source of talent for businesses. They can serve as an extension of your human resource department, providing a wide range of services, all free of charge, to help you develop a sharper workforce. Join the hundreds of area businesses–large and small–that have taken advantage of RochesterWorks! services. They make it easy to help your business develop a sharper workforce.

Recruit Qualified Employees

  • Find qualified workers
  • Use the career center to conduct interviews
  • Post job openings with us at no charge
  • Prescreen applicants for the qualifications that meet your needs

Train Your Workforce

  • Access programs to upgrade employee skills
  • Get funds to pay for training
  • Get assistance with grant applications
  • Get information on tax credits
  • Connect to local economic development resources to grow your business

Restructure Your Workforce

  • Get assistance with downsizing, closings and managing a layoff
  • Receive outplacement services for laid-off workers
  • Help your employees transition to new jobs quickly

Labor Market Information

  • Employment trends and occupations
  • Data on prevailing wage rates
  • Projected job outlooks

For more information call or visit a RochesterWorks! location near you for assistance.

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Adult Job Seeker Services

Whether you need to find a job, change jobs or build your job skills, RochesterWorks! can help. They can make your search easier and provide you with expert guidance and quality resources. They work with hundreds of area employers so they have up-to-date information on who is hiring and what types of jobs are in demand. RochesterWorks! career centers offer a variety of different services and the best part is they’re free!

  • Get help finding a job
  • Take a job readiness assessment
  • Get job counseling
  • Get support for keeping a job
  • Comprehensive skill assessment
  • Career planning
  • Information on occupations in demand
  • Referral to training
  • Funding for training
  • Adult education
  • Literacy training
  • Referrals to other agencies

For more information call or visit one of their career center locations near you.

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Youth Services

RochesterWorks!, Inc. through funding by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) currently supports 14 year-round youth programs that serve youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who possess a potential barrier to employment and meet specific income guidelines. The goals of the WIA programs are to increase the basic skills of local youth, provide structured employment opportunities, job retention and increased earnings. The programs include internships, summer, part-time and other employment. They provide in and out-of-school youth with a successful post-secondary experience.

In addition RochesterWorks! Career Centers provide youth with information on:

  • How to start your job search
  • Helpful websites
  • How to fill out a job application
  • How to begin creating a biography or resume
  • Great interviewing tips
  • How to obtain working papers
  • Workplace rules for students
  • Job seeking advice for teenagers
  • A list of youth friendly employers

For more information call or visit one of their career center locations near you.

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Monroe County is a members of the Finger Lakes Partnership, a nine county coalition of leaders that was awarded $15 million in federal funding under the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) program by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).


“This announcement is great news not only for MonroeCounty, but for our entire region, “ said MonroeCounty Executive Maggie Brooks. “This initiative will enable us to strengthen regional collaboration and build on the entrepreneurial spirit that has long been a hallmark of our community. Working together with all our partners, we will energize our region’s entrepreneurial economy, nurture innovation, upgrade the skills of our workforce, and attract new business investment and jobs for the 21stcentury global economy.”


The award is one of thirteen granted nationally by the USDOL, and will be provided to the region in the amount of $5 million annually, over a period of three years. Rochester Works, Inc., the non-profit arm of the Monroe County/Rochester Workforce Investment Board, will lead the project maintaining communications among regional, state and federal team members. 


For more information on the WIRED initiative, please visit the RochesterWorks! website.

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