CAREER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING PROGRAM (CPTP)
The Career Preparedness Training Program (CPTP) was created through a partnership with Project RECONNECT and the Adult Learning Center of Pittsfield Public Schools to address the issue of disadvantaged young people enrolled in GED programming lacking the professional skills and career preparedness training to secure and sustain employment upon completion of their GED certificate. Project RECONNECT’s CPT Program is a four week, comprehensive program designed to prepare individuals to successfully enter the workforce. Participants are trained utilizing a four module curriculum and individualized case management sessions that facilitates the development of their professional skills and expertise. In addition to the career preparedness, training and holistic case management, participants in the CPTP program partake in career exploration through employer engagement sessions that include on site tours and informational sessions that address workforce opportunities specific to the host organization. Throughout the program, participants complete a personalized education and career plan and build a professional portfolio; including an updated resume, cover letter and reference sheet. Graduates of the program are awarded a Career Preparedness Certificate and are offered extended case management through RECONNECT’s drop in center.
COMMUNITY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND INDIVIDUAL SKILLS TRAINING
Project RECONNECT (PR) strongly believes that workforce development will put disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in Berkshire County on a pathway to self-sufficiency. Keeping that in mind, PR facilitates a variety of pro-bono workforce development workshops and individual skills trainings at varies sites in the community to disadvantaged young adults who may not otherwise be provided the opportunity. A few of workshops and individual skills trainings offered are: career preparedness, financial literacy (credit smarts and budgeting), conflict resolution, interviewing preparation, job search/application completion, professionalism and communication, problem solving in the workforce/job retention and resume/cover letter writing.