In April, the United Way of Berks County awarded a $1.2 million, 3-year grant that will allow BCPS to operate Reentry Works.
Reentry Works will expand BCPS workforce services to all individuals in Berks County with current or past justice system involvement. The program will be designed to help clients become reliable and successful employees and help to address issues of unemployment and underemployment of former inmates returning to the community. The program uses a case-managed approach and creates individualized employment plans for our clients. The program’s curriculum includes skill, education, and experience assessments; financial literacy; employment preparedness; computer labs; and employer recruitment.
Funding for this grant is through a $10 million gift United Way of Berks County received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
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The Rebuilding Reentrants and Reading (R3) Program is a registered pre-apprenticeship program in the construction trades. R3 graduates are granted 6 months credit toward one of Associated Builders and Contractor's 7 apprenticeship programs.
This 8-week program is comprised of three things:
Career & technical education at Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
Hands-on learning at Habitat for Humanity of Berks County Properties and GoggleWorks Woodworking Studio
Employment focused cognitive curriculum and job readiness skills delivered by BCPS staff
R3 is the only registered pre-apprenticeship program in PA exclusively serving reentrants!