RISE PROGRAM CONTACT: Whitney Kasprzak, RISE Program Facilitator, 412-632-1742 or whitney.kasprzak@goodwillswpa.org
    
MEDIA CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, June 25, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s RISE (Reentry through Industry Specific Education) Project to assist area youth is currently seeking candidates.  Now entering its fourth year, the successful job-training program has added two new components, including GED® classes and the opportunity to obtain an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA-30) Certificate. In its first three years, 113 individuals have participated in RISE resulting in job placement for nearly 40. 

Eligible candidates for the RISE Project are individuals between the ages of 17-24 who have a barrier to employment and reside in the city of Pittsburgh or Allegheny County. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM through 4:00PM.

Participants must currently be out of school but do not need a high school diploma or GED credential.  However, individuals who are in need of their GED will be enrolled in Goodwill’s free GED classes and can take all GED tests at no cost.  

The RISE Project is a facility maintenance training program created in conjunction with Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national leader for career training in the building industry.  The core training component of RISE is the award-winning HBI Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum, which integrates work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training. The curriculum includes job readiness, employability skills, career development, life skills, and on-the-job training. 

The curriculum encompasses trades and safety skills mastery in several competencies, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, brick masonry, landscaping, facilities maintenance, painting, green building, and weatherization. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate, which is nationally accredited through HBI and the National Association of Home Builders. Participants will also be able to achieve their OSHA-30 Certificate upon successful completion of all OSHA-30 classes that are held in addition to the RISE Project classes during the twelve week time frame.  

All RISE Project students will receive construction and life skills training, job placement assistance, paid and unpaid work experience, case management, and counseling. Additionally, the program includes free lunches, bus passes during the training period, driver’s education classes (if eligible), a paid stipend, and a set of tools upon successful completion. 

The twelve-week training program will be conducted at Goodwill’s facility located at 2400 East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side. RISE has a rolling enrollment through the month of December. 

In addition to Goodwill and HBI, RISE partners include the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Allegheny County Juvenile Probation, and the Pennsylvania Career Technical Training Alliance. 

For more information on the RISE Project, please contact Ms. Whitney Kasprzak at 412-632-1742 or contact_rise@goodwillswpa.org.

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

About HBI

HBI (Home Builders Institute) is a national nonprofit that provides training, mentoring, curriculum development and job placement services in support of the housing industry. With an 80 percent job placement rate for graduates, HBI training programs are taught in local communities across the country to youth, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers. Visit www.hbi.org for more information.

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