Workforce Development

Workforce Development

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.

  • Soft Skills
    Soft Skills

    To enhance “soft” or interpersonal skills, CI offers a special 20-hour class called “Makin’ It Work.” The class is designed to inmates understand what employers are looking for. Participants develop the necessary thinking and positive behavior that helps ensure success while working for CI, as well as success in transitioning into the community. Modules include Thinking Straight, Keeping Self-Control, Solving Problems Logically and Handling Difficult Situations. While we have noticed that some inmate workers already have some of these skills, their presence in the classrooms provides peer role models to others in need of refinement and application.

  • Mock Interviews
    Mock Interviews

    Mock interview fairs bring employers and community partners inside prison walls to help inmates practice their interviewing skills. It is our goal to organize and conduct regular mock interview fairs and experiences at designated institutions. These events provide a realistic job application and interview experience to inmates who will release into the job market in the near future. It also presents a potential workforce to outside employers and represents the positive things inmates do while they are incarcerated to prepare for work when they release. Please contact CI if you are interested in participating.

  • Roots of Success
    Roots of Success

    This environmental literacy curriculum introduces inmates to the green economy and an understanding of environmental sustainability. It aims to help participants to become more successful academically. inmates who participate better understand the importance of jobs in the green economy.

Soft Skills

To enhance “soft” or interpersonal skills, CI offers a special 20-hour class called “Makin’ It Work.” The class is designed to inmates understand what employers are looking for. Participants develop the necessary thinking and positive behavior that helps ensure success while working for CI, as well as success in transitioning into the community. Modules include Thinking Straight, Keeping Self-Control, Solving Problems Logically and Handling Difficult Situations. While we have noticed that some inmate workers already have some of these skills, their presence in the classrooms provides peer role models to others in need of refinement and application.