Tyler Supernor, age 26, was born in Worcester, but was raised partly in West Boylston, MA. He graduated high school through the Gateway to College Program at Mt. Wachusett Community College where students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma with the added benefit of receiving free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate through a variety of career-focused pathways.

Tyler highly enjoyed writing, especially the poetry portion of his curriculum while in school. An avid musician, Tyler began his musical journey at a very young age. He excels at writing and playing his own music, and has been a member of many bands. In fact, his band, "Time Slips Daily", won second place among the Battle of the Bands and gained TV recognition on Worcester’s local station.

Tyler was referred to Training Resources of America’s (TRA)-Worcester’s Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) program by Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) in January 2020, right before the onset of COVID-19. Nicole Mercier, TRA-CIES program Case Manager/Employment Specialist, worked closely with Tyler, helping him to develop self-confidence, recognize his strengths, build a resume, and learn key job search and interviewing skills. Taking into consideration Tyler’s anxiety over COVID-19, his dependency on public transportation, and his job interests and needs, Nicole was able to help Tyler find a stocker/receiver position at the Salvation Army which he began on September 29, 2020. He feels that his musical background might be the reason he’s the only one assigned to work in the media department there. Tyler says, “I have learned to not only be more consistent but also that I am capable.” He appreciates the fact that he is working and has been able to save up money in his bank account. Recently, Tyler was able to buy his mother gifts and a family lunch for her birthday. According to Tyler, “I wouldn’t be doing any of this without the help and guidance of Training Resources of America. “It might sound kind of corny but it’s true.”

“Tyler has worked through his own barriers and the many challenges of COVID-19 and proven to himself what perseverance will reap," says Nicole. “ He is a very intelligent and genuine person and we wish him the very best now and in the future.”


The Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) Program is funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).

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