The Genesis Center provides comprehensive job training programs and a supportive learning environment to unemployed, low-income individuals and others in need.
We're currently focused on two industries: Health Care & Culinary Arts.
Want to become a CHEF?
The Genesis Center's Culinary Arts program is 13 weeks. The program is offered three times a year, and follows the Providence School System calendar for holidays, days off and vacation breaks.
Classes are held Mondays through Thursdays 9:00am - 1:30pm for Culinary Arts and 1:30pm - 2:30pm for the optional Servsafe - Course**.
Friday Culinary Arts classes are 9:00am - 12:30pm.
The Project Opportunity class is a unique program funded jointly by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. The purpose of the class is to help parents who are currently receiving benefits under the Family Independence Program to gain the education and skills they need to join the workforce in Rhode Island.
Participants in the program attend classes at The Genesis Center for 20 or 30 hours per week depending on the ages of their children. The Project Opportunity program includes the following:
- English language classes (including a Work readiness component) geared to the level of the studentís proficiency
- Job Search workshops provided by our Job Developer as well as one-on-one assistance with job placement
- Services of our Case Manager to work on removing barriers to employment
- Computer Skills classes
- Internships in the community
During the 2007-2008 program year, The Genesis Center served 50 participants in its Project Opportunity program. To date, 18 of these participants have obtained employment.
Would you like to have a good job in health care?
The Genesis Center offers twelve-week Health Care Careers training four times a year Classes are held from Monday through Thursday each week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This careers training program exposes adult students to the various types of jobs in the growing health care field. Students become familiar with jobs such as CNA, Home Maker, Direct Support professional, Elder Care professional, and various entry-level health care positions. Professionals from all the health care fields are invited to speak to the students about the work they do. Many of our speakers are former students who have successfully moved into the health care job market.
The Genesis Centerís Workforce Development Department partners with professional providers of health care such as the Rhode Island Hospital and Women and Infants Hospitalsí Stepping Up program, which assists our students in getting entry jobs in hospital settings. We also partner with Quality Partners of RI, consultants to the 92 nursing facilities in the state. We have relationships with Direct Support, Hospice and Elder Care providers.
These partnerships give access to our Health Care Careers students for internships, which are a vital part of this training class. Students will do internships at a health care facility for a period lasting from two to four weeks. Many students who intern in our partner facilities are hired upon successful completion of their internships.
Unique features of this program include the provision of an English Language component in the class and a Red Cross two-day training. Students who complete the training receive a certificate in both CPR and First Aid. In addition, all our students exit the class with up-to-date immunizations, TB tests, and government BCI checks. By providing these services to the students, along with our health care facility internships, our program assures that graduates will be well positioned to apply for, get, and keep good jobs in the health care field.