RBCA “Second Chance” Program is a comprehensive Workforce Development model that attentively addresses the needs of program participants. In an effort to combat recidivism, RBCA places emphasis on not only technical skills training, and job placement assistance but also wrap around services. The program staff are seasoned professionals in working with the criminal justice involved population.
The objective is to provide our Community with:
- A workforce development program that increases job opportunities for ex-offenders.
- A pipeline of college certified workers, ready for on-the-job training
- Excellent support staff to ensure program success
Our team reaches out into underserved neighborhoods (through churches, community centers, rehabilitation centers, etc.) and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system (probation and parole offices, constables, judges, etc.) to speak with men and women who are dedicated to making a life change and seeking gainful employment.
Interested candidates are invited to an Orientation in where they hear from our Workforce team about the importance of changed habits and the blessings that come from persistence and hard work. Candidates fill out an application and pre-assessment; identifying skill sets, desired training/employment outcomes, and possible barriers such as homelessness, transportation, and other social service needs. Candidates are interviewed, carefully vetted and invited back to attend an orientation provided by our program training partner, Dallas College. During the second phase of orientation, participants take an aptitude test and enroll as a student with the College.
Interviews/Job Placement Assistance
Upon completion of the training program, participants are referred to employers (members, industry partners and subcontractors). The Workforce Development staff work closely with the onsite project managers to serve as an intermediary and resource for the new hire. Our team ensures that social service needs are addressed and there are no barriers for success. Our team works with the Project Manager to identify new skill set opportunities in an effort to continue increasing the trades labor force.
Our Administrative Assistant ensures the data and analytics of our program is kept up-to-date. Verifying employment for program participants at 30, 60, 90, and 180-day intervals, along with handling any administrative maintenance for the program.
The Second Chance Program includes a Case Manager, available to program participants to address issues such as reinstating a driver license, child care, financial literacy, life skills coaching and much more.
Dallas College – Cedar Valley Campus
The four (4) week training program provided by Dallas College consists of soft skills and vocational training:
- Workforce Readiness
- Pre/Post job coaching
- OSHA 10
- OSHA 30
- Construction Math
- Hand/Power tool operation
- Blueprint reading
Tarrant County College – South Campus
The eight (8) week training program provided by Tarrant County College consists of soft skills and vocational training:
- Workforce Readiness
- Pre/Post Job coaching
- Heavy Equipment Operator Certification
Throughout the training period, participants receive meals daily, bus passes and gas cards. Upon successful completion of training, each student is awarded a stipend at a formal graduation ceremony, and short-term transportation assistance is offered to assist newly hired graduates get to work.