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Arika Rivera is used to seeing raised eyebrows when she shows up to fix a heating and cooling system — she is one of the few women in that skilled trade. She credits the Rising Sun Center for Opportunity with helping her attain that job.
“Rising Sun has made a big difference for me,” Rivera said. “They provided opportunities for me to learn. They taught me the awareness to be able to make executive decisions for myself and my family.”
Once her training was complete, Rivera chose to jump into the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration business. She quickly realized being a female in that line of business is very much a rarity.