There is no progress without a job.
— Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland
Hiring a Roca graduate gives a young person a chance. Our young people are trained and ready for work. They need employers who believe in them.
Being a Roca Employer
Roca strategically partners with employers to provide them with entry-level employees. These partnerships create career pathways for our young people. Our program is focused on equipping young people with soft and hard work skills. We teach young people not only how to get a job, but also how to hold a job.
Our young people work hard at Roca until they are ready to be placed with an employer. Despite their criminal records and the many challenges they have overcome, they are ready for the job market. When you hire Roca graduates, you receive hard-working, passionate employees. Your partnership and belief in young people give them a chance to succeed.
Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM)
The need to digitize a number of financial records over at the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) created an opportunity to once again partner with Roca, employing a group of women from the Young Mothers program to help with the project. Mel Klayman, Information Manager at DCAMM explained that these women have the opportunity to learn valuable skills in an office setting, scanning software, how to use shared drive systems and converting documents and electronic files, while also learning to juggle between their job and their busy lives at home. The assignment is contract-based, with most of the participating women earning internship experience for Roca to help in future job opportunities.
“The job is going well,” said Klayman. “They are not only learning skills on how to use the technology, but also how to work independently in an office. On our end, we train them and so far these women have been great workers—very steadfast and diligent. We’re very happy with their work and their performance.”
“I think this is a really great opportunity for Roca to think about records and information management as a niche to focus on. There’s a really great need for that type of work, and the skills the women learn here are transferrable,” Klayman added.
“They are not only learning skills on how to use the technology, but also how to work independently in an office. On our end, we train them and so far these women have been great workers—very steadfast and diligent. We’re very happy with their work and their performance.”
— Mel Klayman
Deputy Executive Director
Springfield Housing Authority
The Springfield Housing Authority has hired young men through Roca to help with renovation projects for a few years, making Roca an integral part of the Housing Authority’s success. “Roca has become invaluable to us,” explained Michelle Booth, Deputy Executive Director, Springfield Housing Authority.
Through this partnership, Roca’s participants are learning skills for projects like cabinetry, grounds keeping practices, custodial issues and construction. “They are learning what it means to create a quality project. This program also makes sense from a business side—Roca adds value and helps us complete tasks in a more cost-effective manner,” said Booth. Another area Roca is hired to help with the Housing Authority’s inspections, keeping everything up to code and learning what it takes to pass these inspections.“I would absolutely recommend Roca to any business,” added Booth. “Roca is a great service for the City of Springfield and for our young people!”
“They are learning what it means to create a quality project. This program also makes sense from a business side—Roca adds value and helps us complete tasks in a more cost-effective manner. I would absolutely recommend Roca to any business.”
— Michelle Booth
I’m here to say as somebody who is a paying customer of Roca and the folks who work with Roca, to say that we are a very satisfied paying customer and I would urge all the other employers in this room – and I know there are many of you – when you have something you need done, you should start by making sure you connect with Roca and see if you have in mind something they can do.
― Governor Charlie Baker