RBPCDC’s adult education programs provide job readiness and improvement in employability training, small business startup training, economic literacy, and access to healthier living resources.
Ongoing Adult Education Programs
We offer a six-week Introduction to Computers Class for adults in our 16-station computer lab. The class is free to person over 60 years of age and a donation is requested for those under 60.
The class is very individualized as students set their goals and may continue to take the class at their own pace. Students progress through various levels and receive certificates at the end of each semester.
Credit Counseling, Economic Literacy, and Money Management workshops are held annually for adults and youth
Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Kitchen and Gardens program is designed for adults interested in gardening, food preparation and food service. During a ten-week course, students are trained in basic culinary arts, assisted in finding employment in the food service industry or assisted in developing a business plan to start/grow a food service business. All students complete training to obtain a SERV Safe Food Handler’s certification and participate in weekly cook-offs and challenges to sharpen their culinary skills.
The Covid-19 pandemic served to exacerbate the lack of equity in health care and access to healthy foods. RBPCDC health initiatives are addressing lack of access, information and other health disparities through several outreach programs and through the establishment of community gardens throughout the city.
With more than 50 around the city, RBPCDC offers communities free training, raised beds, soil, and seed to those wanting to gain access to healthier food options.
RBPCDC is a CACFP and SFSP sponsor and offers nutritious meals to children throughout the year. During the height of the pandemic, RBPCDC prepared meals and distributed them to children who were not able to get to the schools to get their meals. In addition, through a partnership with the NBA Mission Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we were also able to provide meals for senior citizens that were in need. Over 30,000 meals were served during 2020 alone.