This program has an in-jail portion and a community portion where participants can seamlessly transition from one to the other. The program is for offenders who are unemployed or underemployed, seeking skills necessary to receive job/vocational training, and want to enter/ re-enter the labor market.
The in-jail portion of the program is held five days a week, for one week, for 2.5 hours each day. It runs bi-weekly at the main jail and the dormitory facility. The focus is on resume writing, successful interview techniques, cover letters and follow-ups, budgeting/financial responsibilities, removal of barriers to employment, and completion of a master application.
Upon successful completion, most inmates are eligible for a maximum 5-day incarceration reduction.
The community portion of the program is facilitated at the Employment and Training Department. Participants work one-on-one with a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and are provided with case management, assistance with computers and online applications, employee retention strategies, and job searches.
Participants are required to attend Employment Readiness Workshops until hired, held weekly on Wednesdays.
Score moderate to high on the scale of the educational/vocational needs, or score moderate to high on the risk scales
An offender with a low vocational/education needs score must have their lack of employment or under-employment verified and documented by Adult Probation and Parole through the use of the Employment Status Verification Form (PDF).