What is RISE?

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

How does RISE work?

RISE provides hands-on vocational education integrated with academics, life skills and work readiness training, service learning and community service, job shadowing and internships.  All training is held at 2400 East Carson Street on the South Side. 

In addition to free GED classes, RISE includes 12 weeks of vocational training in the following fields: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, brick masonry, landscaping, facilities management, green building, weatherization, and painting.

Utilizing an award-winning curriculum that is structured to be competency-based, participants will obtain a Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) Certificate in the construction industry and a Youth Policy Council Work-Ready Certificate. 

Participants will be eligible to take the Apprenticeship test upon completion of the program and work for above minimum wage pay.

What are the benefits of RISE?

RISE students receive the following benefits:

  • Help with transportation        
  • Free lunch
  • Stipend upon completion of the program    
  • Free set of hand tools worth $250
  • Free GED classes and practice exams through Goodwill Literacy Initiative
  • Opportunity to take the GED exam for FREE 

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 December.

Who to contact:

Whitney Miles, RISE Program Facilitator
Phone: 412-632-1742
Email: whitney.kasprzak@goodwillswpa.org