As a business, Correctional Industries (CI) instills and promotes positive work ethics. While inmates working for CI are gaining real work experience, they may lack the interpersonal skills required to make the positive decision when faced with basic workplace issues. To enhance "soft" skills, CI offers a special 20-hour class called "Makin It Work." The class is designed to help men and women understand what employers are looking for, and to develop the necessary thinking that will help ensure a successful transition into the workforce in the community.
Role Models in the Workplace
Correctional Industries' staff are not only supervisors, but role models that inmates can learn from through observation. As part of our soft skills program, CI staff have been offered Cognitive Coaching. This training explores four self-defeating cognitive-behavioral patterns common to individuals who are incarcerated and some of the strategies staff can use to effectively counteract them. CI provides an environment for men and women to learn and apply soft-skills by modeling appropriate behavior and encouraging positive interactions in the workplace. CI staff interact with a large number of inmates teaching them at locations throughout the state, instilling in them the confidence for success on the job and in their day-to-day lives.