A group of community and business leaders recently toured Textron to learn about their new student work/school program, RPM – Reaching Potential through Manufacturing. Through the program, 75 at-risk students are earning up to $9 per hour for working at Textron four hours a day while taking coursework to graduate. The group from Burke County toured the Augusta manufacturing facilities, met with students and talked to Textron and Richmond County school officials about ways to implement a similar program through partnerships with Burke County industries. Pictured above, RPM Operations Manager Justin Bowman talks to the group about on-site schooling and the huge strides being made in attendance and test scores. Below, Herman Brown talks to a Textron employee about the production line.