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Your future.


The resources below will help you explore employment and educational opportunities throughout Western New York.

Unity House in Buffalo



  • 716 Ministries: Soft Skills, Construction Core, and Customer Service
  • Academy of Peer Services: Online, on-demand, self-directed training and testing website offering a wide range of interactive multimedia courses for those seeking certification in New York State as peer specialists in mental health settings.
  • Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC): Google IT Support Professional Certificate, Central Sterilization Technician, CDL Permit Test, Customer Service, Dental Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Registered Medical Assistant, Security Guard Training
  • Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT): Medical Coder-Health Information Professionals, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Landscape Maintenance Technical, Medical Billing and Insurance, Information Technology
  • Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division: Barbering, Cosmetology, Steam Engineering, Welding, Carpentry, Residential Electric, Auto Repair, and HVAC as well as several leisure learning programs
  • Gerard Place: Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing, Pharmacy Technician, Elderwood Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program, Culinary Arts Program (Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education)
  • Goodwill Goodskills Careerbuilder: Advanced Manufacturing and Technology
  • In His Name Outreach (INHO): Become an ASAP-New York Certification Board (ASAP-NYCB) Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and/or Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA). Scholarships Available!
  • Mission: Ignite's Tech 360 Program: Tech 360 provides training opportunities for participants specializing in computer basics to work readiness skills. Upon completion of the six training hours, participants receive a free computer!
  • New Hope Education Center (Harvest House): Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), IT Career Jumpstart, Allied Health Office Technology, Hands-on Home Improvement, Residential Electric, Steam Engineering, Intro to Automation/PLC
  • Northland Workforce Training Center: Welding Technology, Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician, CNC Manufacturing and Machining, Mechatronics, and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
  • RISE (a program of FeedMoreWNY): Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certification & Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), ServSafe Food Handler’s training,OSHA 10-Hour General Industry completion card (in partnership with WNYCOSH), Certification in at least three types of material handling equipment (forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.)
  • Society for the Advancement of Construction Related Arts (SACRA): Learn construction skills in a creative, hands-on environment.
  • Trocaire College Workforce Development Programs: IT Career Jump Start, Phlebotomy, Customer Service, Health Career Exploration Learn and Earn
  • WNY Peer Workforce Development Center: Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Training. For more information, visit the center at 69 Linwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209 or call 716-539-5260
  • WNY Trades Orleans/Niagara BOCES: Building Trades, Machining, Electrical,  Welding, HVAC

Dr. Tom Priester, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

Our Vocational Services HUB


Your first stop to explore:

  • Resources for EMPLOYMENT
  • Resources for EDUCATION
  • Resources for VOLUNTEERING
  • Workforce development TRAINING PROGRAMS
  • And more! We even have computers and other resources for you to use.


  • CAITLYNN WEICHERT-WINKFIELD, Vocational Specialist (716-844-9833)
  • JACKI FLIS, Vocational Program Coordinator (716-208-7606)
  • DR. TOM PRIESTER, Vocational Program Manager (716-435-0159)

The HUB is open Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 3:30PM at the Step Toward Success Office (2671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214). Here are some recommended bus routes to get you there.

Dr. Tom Priester, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

Dr. Tom Priester


Dr. Tom Priester is Caz Recovery's Vocational Program Manager, and he’s passionate about helping people prepare for their future.

The resources above will help you explore employment and educational opportunities throughout Western New York.

Setting and achieving goals like finding a job or obtaining a degree can help you find your purpose.

This builds confidence, and it can lead to long-term success for people with substance use disorders.

Now let's get to work. Together.

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