The Twin Cities RISE! Core Program presents its participants with an average of 12?18 months of personal-empowerment training, one-on-one coaching, customized work-skills instruction, internships, and employment-placement services. With more than 30 courses covering basic-education and individual-vocation skills, students gradually can attain the writing, math, computer, or test-support skills needed to obtain a position that pays at least $20,000 annually. Since attendance is essential to the success of students, so is transportation, and TCR! enables individuals in good standing to attend its classes and coaching sessions with free bus passes. TCR! expects to distribute 1,832 bus passes in 2011, and perhaps more with the help of outside donations.