ARC guides members in enrolling in education and/or securing fulfilling employment to build experience, accountability, and self-sufficiency. Case Managers support members in identifying educational and vocational opportunities and guide members through the enrollment, transfer, and financial aid processes. ARC also offers soft skills and job training workshops that help members build self-confidence, preparing them for placement in part- or full-time jobs.

Second Chance Union Training Program

Developed in 2016 as a collaborative effort, ARC administers the Second Chance Union Training Program, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Miguel Contreras Foundation, the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, and Southwest College. The initiative is a first-of-its-kind, high-quality training program for formerly incarcerated workers that incorporates both technical education, soft skills development, and supportive services.

Following two weeks of soft skills workshops, participants enroll in a pre-apprenticeship training course offered by Southwest College using the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), developed by the North American Building Trades Union and designed to meet union standards.The 12-week program places participants directly into paid union apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades following graduation.

Since the program launched in August 2016, ARC has enrolled 128 program participants in the Second Chance Program across four cohorts. In total, 94 individuals have graduated the program and 71 graduates have been placed in apprenticeships in the following nine unions: Electricians, Laborers, Carpenters, Sheet Metal Workers, Ironworkers, Pipefitters/Plumbers, Operating Engineers, Cement Masons, and Painters.

Career Readiness Program

ARC’s Career Readiness Program, launched in October 2015, provides members with professional development workshops and connects them to employment opportunities. Members who participate in this program receive 20 hours of training across four days, learning skills for obtaining a job and succeeding in the workplace. ARC provides soft skills training, resume writing workshops, and mock interviews, and helps members to identify personal strengths, interests, and long-term goals.

Upon completion of the program, members are connected to job opportunities with employer partners. ARC has partnered with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which has strengthened the program by providing a wealth of connections to local employers and additional job opportunities.