What is RISE?

RISE (Re-entry through Industry Specific Education) is a FREE vocational program for students ages 17-24 offering job training for work in construction and maintenance fields.  RISE gives students the opportunity to also earn their GED® if needed.

How does RISE work?

RISE provides hands-on vocational education integrated with academics, life skills and work readiness training, service learning and 3-week externship.  The RISE project takes place at 2400 East Carson Street on the South Side. 

RISE includes 10 weeks of vocational training in the following fields: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, brick masonry, landscaping, and painting.

Utilizing an award-winning curriculum through Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. that is structured to be competency-based, participants will obtain their OSHA-30 certificate.  Upon completion of the three-week externship, students will receive a stipend.

What are the benefits of RISE?

RISE students receive the following benefits:

  • Help with transportation (Port Authority Connect Card)
  • Free driver's education classes       
  • Free lunch    
  • Free GED classes and practice exams through Goodwill Literacy Initiative
  • Opportunity to take the GED exam for FREE ($120 value)

Who is eligible for RISE?

Enrollment in RISE is open to youth, ages 17-24, who meet the following requirements:

  • Not currently enrolled in high school (high school diploma or GED is not required)
  • Face a significant barrier to employment, including adjudicated youth or youth who were involved with the foster care system

Service Availability:

Rolling admission and start dates occur from July through January.

Who to contact:

Tiffanee Heywood
Phone: 412-632-1742
Email: tiffanee.heywood@goodwillswpa.org