RCC offering classes for ex-offenders at the GWCCEC

ASHEBORO (May 4, 2021)

Are you someone who has been incarcerated or convicted of a crime and is ready to get your life back on track? Starting this month, Randolph Community College is presenting two courses at the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center (GWCCEC) to help ex-offenders get back to work.

“New Beginnings: Employment Skills for the Ex-Offender” offers training for students who are prepared to re-enter the workforce as those who have been previously incarcerated or convicted of a crime. In this course, students will explore career fields and educational opportunities, learn the importance of keeping a positive attitude under negative circumstances, practice job search strategies, learn how to build an employable resumé and cover letter, develop successful interview techniques, and to discover helpful resources to use as they search for employment.

The class (#77178) is from 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 18-June 17 at the GWCCEC, located at 950 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Asheboro.

Getting back on the right track can be difficult without the right skills — transition, retention, advancement, and re-employment after release are key. “Positive Behaviors: Thinking for a Change” focuses on employability motivation, retention, and developing employability and communication skills. This course will help students demonstrate proper problem-solving techniques, have a clear understanding of “job ready” requirements, demonstrate the ability to understand their feelings and the feelings of others and respond to those feelings, and develop and demonstrate communication skills.

All of the components meet the integrated cognitive behavioral interventions (CBI) and the thinking for change guidelines approved by the Department of Justice and Department of Corrections.

The class (#77180) is from 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 22-July 29 at the GWCCEC.

These courses are free if you meet one of the following criteria:
• Are unemployed;
• Have received notification of pending layoff;
• Are working and are eligible for federal earned income tax credit;
• Are working and earning wages at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

For information or to register for these classes, call 336-328-1750.