Rebuilding lives and neighborhoods
A new training program provides learning opportunities to individuals returning to the community from incarceration. RMCTC is partnering with Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS) and Habitat for Humanity Berks County (HFHBC) in implementing a Reentry Training Grant from the Department of Labor. The program, titled Rebuilding Reentrants and Reading (R3), offers an opportunity for individuals with a criminal history to acquire skills in the construction trades that will lead to gainful employment and will assist with the renovation of one of the City of Reading’s blighted neighborhoods.
Mr. Kevin Brumbach, RMCTC’s Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, served as the instructor during the initial eight-week module of classroom training. Participants learned basic carpentry, plumbing, and electrical construction techniques.
Other components of the program include hands-on learning at HFHBC properties and an employment-focused cognitive curriculum delivered by BCPS staff. This innovative three-part combination of best practices is expected to improve employment outcomes for participants as well as reduce recidivism.
For more information about the program, visit the BCPS website at http://www.berksconnections.org.
Also, check out a recent Reading Eagle article for further insights into what the program means to the individuals participating in it.
Career Opportunities in Construction
The construction industry has posted the Help Wanted signs. Finding skilled workers to fill critical job openings continues to pose a major challenge to construction firms across the country. Watch a CBS News video that showcases the labor shortage and the opportunities available to CTC students who have their sights set on careers in the construction field.
RMCTC joins in helping hurricane victims
Students and staff assembled hundreds of care packages for people affected by recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and elsewhere. Mrs. Alice Bowers, teacher of the Health – Nursing Careers program, organized the project, which gathered wash cloths, soap, bandages, and other personal care items for shipment to people displaced from their homes by the storms.
Students check out 300-mph car
The Army Racing Team’s top fuel dragster pulled in for a visit to the Automotive Technology shop, where students from various programs got to see the amazing vehicle. They also learned about the science, math, and engineering that go into the complex design and operation of the 11,000-horsepower car that reaches speeds of more than 300 miles per hour.
Welcome New Teachers!
Among the new faces on campus this year are teachers in three programs. A big, friendly RMCTC welcome goes out to: Mr. Michael Merkel, Diesel Truck Technology; Mr. Steven Voelker, Carpentry; and Mr. Craig Ziemer, Engineering and Automation Technology.
Healthcare careers are booming!
As the “Baby Boom” generation matures, the demand for health care climbs. Be ready to join this growing industry by choosing one of the dynamic programs in the Health Science cluster.
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