At age 15, Vince Rosiello is still too young to drive. He is, however, old enough to hold two jobs and be a full-time student. This past year, he successfully finished his freshman year at Sisters High School in the transition program, and he’ll be back as a sophomore in the fall.
Soon after he joined the transition program in 2019, Rosiello began working at the Sisters Athletic Club. He worked several days a week after school as a cleaner. Balancing school and work felt challenging during the first few months, but Rosiello learned to manage his time and succeed in both areas. “Vince does a very good job at the athletic club, and is so well-liked by the staff there,” said Amy Johnson, Youth Transition Specialist for the Sisters School District.
By January of 2020, Rosiello was ready to take on more responsibility. He began a second job at Earthwood Timber Frame Homes. This job involves landscaping around company grounds, and a lot of work sanding and finishing the timbers used in building the houses.
“I like learning new things, and it’s cool to make things. I also like getting paid,” Rosiello said with a smile.
Not every day is easy, however. When he first began at Earthwoods, there was a lot to learn, and his employers spent time teaching him about the job. Because of that, Rosiello has to learned to check in for more information when he didn’t understand the directions. “Sometimes it’s hard to ask questions and get feedback, but I know it will help me in future jobs,” he explained. His work can be repetitive, and he’s had to learn to be patient and persistent to stay on task.
Rosiello’s work hours were cut when the Athletic Club had to close temporarily in March, due to COVID regulations. Some teens might love the extra free time, but Rosiello found he prefers a busy schedule. “I was pretty bored when I was mostly at home. I was glad to get back to work,” he said. This summer, his weekly schedule includes for one shift at the Athletic Club, and five work days at Earthwood.
“We’re so proud of Vince. He has grown so much over this past year,” said Johnson. “It’s more than job skills– he’s doing great with self-advocating, asking questions, and asking for help when needed,” she added.
Rosiello plans to stay with his jobs as he returns to school in the fall. He’s not thinking about college yet—that feels very far away. But school is a top priority, and he plans to work toward his driver’s license in the next year as well. Balancing all these goals can be a difficult task, but Rosiello has shown he is up for the challenge.