R3 is a comprehensive registered pre-apprenticeship program in the construction trades.
R3 utilizes best practices to transform participants’ lives by improving employment outcomes and reducing recidivism. Connections Work created this comprehensive program model that utilizes best practices in reentry programming and career & technical education.
How We Help
R3 is an 8-week registered pre-apprenticeship program in the construction trade and is comprised of three components:
Career & technical education at Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
Hands-on learning at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Woodworking Studio
Employment focused cognitive curriculum and job readiness skills delivered by Connections Work staff
Participants have the ability to receive:
Up to $2,000 stipend over 8 weeks
Case Management & Mentoring for one-year post-graduation
Job search and placement assistance
Flagger and OSHA Safety Certifications
Credit toward Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone and Eastern PA Chapters PLUS select Berks Career and Technology Center Apprenticeship Programs
Do You Know?
Pennsylvania recidivism rate is 46%*
Connections Work R3 Graduates' Recidivism Rate is less than 5%
Since its inception, an average of 65% of R3 graduates have maintained stable employment at one year post graduation.
* Rate as of 2/2024
For More Info
19 N. 6th St, 4th Floor
Reading, PA 19601
Video made by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA
A Few R3 Success Stories
While a resident of the Wernersville CCC in 2017, Benjamin Marrero-Rivera was referred to Connections Work’s DOC Reentry Workforce Development Program. He was addicted to drugs, and could not speak English
very well. He was in a dark place; his family did not trust him and he was considering suicide. He didn't know what to do. But he knew he did not want to go back to prison, ever.
Ben successfully completed the Workforce Development Program. Seeing Ben’s commitment to change, Ben’s Case Manager referred him to the R3 Program and he was accepted into the program’s second cohort. Sensing it was going to change him, he did everything fully, and with enthusiasm, starting with becoming clean and sober. He even gave up smoking
cigarettes! When he graduated, he got a job right away, getting hired on the spot, and three months later they offered him a permanent position. That job led to the one he is at now, as a Maintenance Supervisor with Laurel Home Association. He will celebrate his 3-year
anniversary there this year.
With a grateful heart, Ben stopped by Connections Work to update us on his successes, and say "thank you!", without struggling with the English language! When we first met Ben, he rode a bike everywhere; he now owns a car and a truck! He has money in the bank and knows how to budget, thanks to the financial literacy education he received as part of the Workforce
Development Program. Last year he got married. This year, he is looking forward to getting a new home for his family. He is happy and healthy! And something that is so very important to Ben, his family trusts him again.
He wants to give back to Connections Work, offering to speak with any of our clients, and help them see the benefits of the programs and services we offer.
Known as Mr. Thank You, Stanley shares his story.
Conor is ready to take the next step, nothing is stopping him now!