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
Rolling admission and start dates occur from July through January.
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