Mid-Shore RISE Program

What is Mid-Shore RISE Program?

Re-Engaging Individuals through Successful Employment (RISE) is an opportunity for parents owing child support to get back on their feet economically. The primary objective of the RISE Program is to assist unemployed and underemployed non-custodial parents in the Mid-Shore Region secure employment. The RISE Program partners with local businesses to identify employer needs and maintains partnerships with local temporary employment agencies in the Mid-Shore Region to elevate RISE NCP’s (Non-Custodial Parents) to the top of an employer’s waiting list because they will be certified to work in a particular industry or profession.

Why Should I Enroll?

The Mid-Shore Rise Program provides services in three primary areas, including (1) Employment training and placement services, (2) Retention Services, and (3) Access to services that will assist with removing barriers to obtaining and retaining employment. More than 100 non-custodial parents have gained full employment in the five-county Mid-Shore region in the last three years. t is a no-cost opportunity to train for a career that will help you support yourself and your family. Our program partners are experienced in helping people overcome barriers to employment and building pathways to rewarding, lifelong careers.

Most RISE training programs offer:

  • Hard skills training in an in-demand industry
  • Soft skills training in communication, customer service, and more
  • Job readiness
  • Job search and placement
  • Industry-recognized certifications and credentialing
  • Work experience
  • Transportation assistance
  • Referrals to other community services
  • Resolution of barriers to employment, such as criminal record, legal services, or driver’s licenses suspension
  • Access to items needed to work, such as work clothing, tools, or textbooks
  • Support from a personal career navigator and success coach

Am I Eligible?

All noncustodial parents who have a Mid-Shore child support case, are unemployed or underemployed, and can commit to working upon program completion are eligible for the RISE program.

What Help With Employment Can I Receive?

RISE can prepare you for a job in healthcare, construction, welding, hospitality, warehousing, biotechnology, and more. If you’re interested in a specific program, be sure to inform the intake coordinator at your enrollment session.

Programs:

  • Forklift Training
  • Flagger Certification
  • ServSafe
  • HVAC
  • Security Training
  • CDL
  • Bartending
  • Welding

Contact

For additional information about RISE, please contact one of the Program Coordinators listed below:

Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties:

Isaiah Greene: 410-819-4471 – isaiah.greene@maryland.gov.

Kent County and Queen Anne’s County:

Vickie Taylor: 410-200-6261 – vickie.taylor@maryland.gov.

If interested parties need additional assistance, please call the DHS help-line at (800) 332-6347.

Partners

DHS thanks its partners in the RISE program, particularly Chesapeake College for providing educational and job training courses that prepare non-custodial parents for a more promising future. In addition, DHS appreciates the participation of the following: Caroline County Office of Child Support, Dorchester County Office of Child Support, Kent County Office of Child Support, Queen Anne’s County Office of Child Support, Kent County Office of Child Support, Queen Anne’s County Office of Child Support.