In Sacramento County, a new Community College CalFresh Employment & Training (E&T) program is proposed for Cosumnes River College beginning in Spring 2016. This program is designed to support students to become more employable.
This program is for Cosumnes River College students who are:
- Attending specific classes (including GED, ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education)
- Sacramento County residents
- Enrolled in CalFresh (at or below 200% of federal poverty level, generally)
- Educationally disadvantaged, timed out of TANF, a veteran, or an emancipated foster youth.
New services will include case management, an academic progress meeting, and a series of group workshops exclusively for the student cohort. These workshops will be provided by campus staff with expertise in particular topics, professional role models working in different industries, and other qualified presenters. Topics may include:
- Industry-specific expectations and career pathways
- Interviewing and resume-writing tips
- Job-seeking tips
- High-demand local jobs requiring an AA degree or less
- Emotional intelligence in the workplace
- Wages and budgeting
- Healthy lifestyles
New services may also include facilitated study groups; academic support groups or learning communities; individualized support in resume-writing, interview preparation, career planning, and aptitude testing; faculty mentor-protégé programs; work-based learning and job shadowing opportunities.
In addition to these services, the Fresh Success program at Cosumnes River College may pay students up to the actual costs of the following expenses:
- Required textbooks and transportation assistance
- Career assessment and career interest survey fees
- Costs for fingerprinting and TB testing
- Emergency housing of up to one month
- Required tools for classes such as automotive technology and culinary arts