Welcome to Richland Community College’s EnRich Program
Addressing the Community’s Critical Issue
The critical issue is not only unemployment, but the perception of what educational institutions are designed to do and populations they have historically served. While there is a lot of discussion about partnerships and serving the community, there are a limited number of programs at the college-level designed to meet the needs of a population who may be perceived as the less-desirable, who need additional skills in addition to basic reading and math. The critical issue is empowering people.
EnRich is building a bridge from the employer (who had vacant and higher-paying jobs) between the unemployed (who may have had a criminal record, limited education, or a host of other barriers and was unemployable or under employed). In response to overwhelming need by the region’s Manufacturing industry and working to keep pace with the rapidly changing economy by building a skilled workforce, Richland expanded its training services to include the EnRich training program in fall 2018.
In July of 2018, Richland received workforce training funding to address both skills gaps and employability skills. Training includes technical and Essential Skills training to under and unemployed and second chance adults with multiple barriers to employment, allowing them to earn a living wage. The EnRich program, an intense 10-week, 400-hour training includes both Technical Skills and Essential Skills training, utilizes a point system for continued participation and provides a $10 an hour stipend for participants.
Richland Community College has built a successful and sustainable program, EnRich. Training includes Technical Skills Training coupled with Essential Skills Training to the under and unemployed and second chance adults with multiple barriers to employment, allowing them to earn a living wage. This program has focused efforts on Minority and Underserved populations, including unemployed, underemployed and difficult to serve populations including recently incarcerated and/or convicted individuals.
Areas of Training
- Paraprofessional Training: Education
- Transportation: CDL
- Workforce Development
- Minority Mentor Protégé Program: Entrepreneurship
- Essential Skills Training
EnRich provides sessions that address the following topics:
- Effective communication skills
- Conflict resolution
- Work ethic
- Financial literacy and integrity
Richland Community College’s Essential Skills Training presents participants with a more holistic view of the tools necessary to be given a chance to be open to receive the idea that the transition from unemployment and possibility incarceration into a community of people and organizations that will create the opportunity to change their life. To date, our goal has been to change lives by meeting what we come to know their needs to be.
- In Decatur Macon County, the unemployment rate for African Americans has been around 22%, three times that of white residents.
- EnRich has serviced over 230 Participants, 16 of which were high school students receiving dual-credit.
- 89% of participants remain employed.
- 100% of CDL graduates are employed.
- 89% of participants represent underrepresented/ underserved Communities.
- 55% of participants have a criminal record.
- According to a survey of local major employers, the following are the top five soft skills lacking and needed for new employees: Dependability, Teamwork, Verbal Communication, Integrity, and Initiative.
Contact Our Team
Rev. Courtney L. Carson, MDiv., CTRT-E
Assistant Vice President of External Affairs
Gina M. Taylor, B.S. Workforce Ed. and Develop., MEd. Higher Ed., CTRP-E
Director, Essential Skills
Rebekah Zúñiga, RN, CTRP-E
Director, EnRich Healthcare Program
Shupi Kandawasvika, BA
Executive Administrative Assistant/External Affairs