Developing Soft Skills
As a business, Correctional Industries (CI) instills and promotes positive work ethics. While offenders working for CI are gaining real work experience, they may still lack the interpersonal skills required to make the correct decision when faced with even basic workplace issues.
To enhance "soft" skills, CI has developed a special 20-hour class called "Makin It Work" that is designed to help men and women understand what employers are looking for and develop the necessary cognitive and behavioral thinking that will ensure successful re-entry into the workforce.
Role Models in the Workplace
Offenders also learn soft skills through observation of staff. Correctional Industries staff act not only as supervisors, but as role models. As part of our soft skills program, CI staff is trained in Cognitive Coaching which explores four self-defeating cognitive-behavioral patterns common to offenders, and some of the strategies staff can use to effectively counteract them.
Correctional Industries is dedicated to successful offender re-entry. By taking this extra step, CI is able to reach a large number of offenders at locations throughout the state and give them the confidences they need to be successful not only while on the job, but in day-to-day life. Once an offender is released, Correctional Industries will work with the Employment Security Department and work release facilities to assist in their successful re-entry into the workforce.