Fast Break is the core program for changing students' lives and that simultaneously empowers companies to acquire highly engaged applicants and develop them into the workers they need to compete in the global market. Unlike any other existing training program, Fast Break simulates a high-performance and collaborative work environment to practice and embed critical soft/hard skills. Because high achievement levels are necessary to graduate from the program, graduates will be well equipped with the skills manufacturing companies seek and employers will no longer be impeded and frustrated by the hiring and training process.
The Fast Break program is instituted within select regions that creates upwards of 250 applicants per site/year. Operation Fast Break is an intensive, computer-assisted, and proven educational/employment training program that prepares students with entry-level readiness through a sequential, intensive, whole-brain, team-taught process. The computer-assisted curriculum features real-life, workplace problem-solving and learning, and demands continual improvement from students. The mix of college and work-bound students in one class leads to higher aspirations and performance. This 8-week program brings students' math, reading and communications skills up to workplace standards. The 5 1/2 day-a-week, 8-hour-a-day schedule provides sufficient time to apply knowledge and gain effective work habits and teamwork skills. Students are introduced to word processing, spreadsheets, fundamental computer functions, and essential workplace behavioral skills that employers seek.
Employers can expect graduates from the program to be equipped with math and reading skills that are certified to (or above) the proficiency level needed for entry-level employment, i.e., Level 4 (or above) on a Work Keys assessment. Graduates are computer-literate and acquire knowledge of fundamental applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. Graduates can look forward to a new career, competitive pay, and attaining skills needed to pursue industry skill credentials, apprenticeships and/or higher education.
About 75% of Fast Break students graduate from the program; and in effect, the program functions as an initial screening process for companies. Graduates have met rigorous attendance and punctuality requirements over an 8-week period, and have passed one or more drug tests. Students who are repeatedly absent and/or tardy, or do not pass drug tests are dismissed from the program. Likewise, students that display inappropriate behavior that is not remedied with coaching or counseling are terminated from the program. Fast Break's brand is qualified applicants who are low risk and worth investing in.
Fast Break requires an entry level 8th-grade reading and math standards. Students who don't meet these requirements can participate in our entry level Step Up program to increase their competencies until they can qualify for Fast Break. Students are provided the same intensive learning environment, coupled with mentoring and services to motivate and provide support with removing personal or social barriers that may be impeding their educational growth and progress.