The Workforce Development (WD) team provides meaningful community partnerships and learning opportunities for CI workers so they can successfully reintegrate into society and rapidly engage with employment, training or education.
The workforce development group has a living, breathing strategic plan boasting three objectives. The first is to ensure every qualified Correctional Industries (CI) inmate is "work ready" and employable upon release. The second is to achieve post release employment as part of a unified employment plan developed by the program specialists in collaboration with the inmate. Our final objective is to develop partnerships with community providers on job readiness, job placement, and training and education. Rapid attainment of gainful employment can help releasing men and women achieve success upon release.
Correctional Industries (CI) staff and supervisors teach inmates technical skills through on the job training. They are also work role models that inmates can learn from through observation and interaction. These observations and interactions reinforce positive work behavior and habits when they release.
Reentry & Workforce Development
The Workforce Development team consists of an administrator, manager, and specialists, and provides opportunities to inmates at 12 facilities throughout the state and in the community. WD is uniquely situated within CI work training programs. Specialists work with volunteer inmates on soft skill development, training and reentry planning while they are still incarcerated. However, their efforts do not stop once inmates release. WD aims to support CI men and women beyond working for CI to continue the employment, education and training related community integration efforts once they release. To that end, our Community Employment Specialists offer wrap-around employment services to released CI workers and the business community. We also work with dedicated community partners. CI is investing in our inmate workers' futures, as well as the communities they will release to.
Classes & Training
Correctional Industries offers a variety of classes and trainings depending on the institution and amount of time the inmate has before release. CI has also developed a strong relationship with the Department's education program which contracts with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. CI and Education work together to link industry jobs with instructional programs such as baking, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) for the workplace, technical design, upholstery and welding. Incarcerated individuals trained through CI's Trade Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program, or by working with various organizations, can connect with union apprenticeship programs and earn specialized industry accredited certificates.