CAREER & EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ARC guides members in enrolling in education and/or securing fulfilling employment to build experience, accountability, and self-sufficiency. Case Managers support members in identifying educational and vocational opportunities and guide members through the enrollment, transfer, and financial aid processes. ARC also offers soft skills and job training workshops that help members build self-confidence, preparing them for placement in part- or full-time jobs.
Second Chance Union Training Program
In 2016, ARC developed the Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, a partnership between ARC, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, and Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC).
The Collaborative then developed and launched the Second Chance Union Training Program, a first-of-its-kind, high-quality training program for formerly incarcerated workers that incorporates both technical education, soft skills development, and supportive services. The program places participants directly into paid union apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades following graduation. To date, this program has served 94 members between three cohorts, and the fourth cohort launched in January 2018.
Career Readiness Program
ARC's Career Readiness Program, launched in October 2015, provides members with professional development workshops and connects them to employment opportunities. Members who participate in this program receive 20 hours of training across four days, learning skills for obtaining a job and succeeding in the workplace. ARC provides soft skills training, resume writing workshops, and mock interviews, and helps members to identify personal strengths, interests, and long-term goals.
Upon completion of the program, members are connected to job opportunities with employer partners. ARC has partnered with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which has strengthened the program by providing a wealth of connections to local employers and additional job opportunities.