Community Involvement

Community Employment Services

Correctional Industries provides on-the-job and essential skill training opportunities in a true work environment. In support of CI's mission, Community Employment Services (CES) specialists work with incarcerated individuals pre- and post-release to fine tune and document their work experience and skills in preparation for gainful employment. CES specialists then link these skilled workers with employers and businesses in the community, matching their skills, abilities and experience with employers. Specialists are uniquely positioned to connect employers with qualified workers in a wide range of technically skilled or entry level positions. Additionally, community employment specialists will remain in contact with and provide continuous support to each participant for up to one year after release.

Partnering Opportunities

As an employer in Washington State, you qualify for placement services. We offer no-cost hiring solutions to King, Pierce and Thurston County employers by matching motivated skilled candidates who meet the qualifications you are seeking. We are personally vested in meeting your employment needs. Chances are, we have a candidate who can meet your staffing needs with technical, interpersonal and transferable skills that will fit into your workforce. Discover how you can put CI Community Employment Services to work for you. Contact us and set up an appointment with one of our CES specialists.

Skilled Workforce

From classroom training to on-the-job training, participants learn skills ranging from basic social skills to highly technical computer skills. CI workers are not only technically trained, but also trained in employment based soft skills, like solving problems logically, handling difficult situations and working together toward a common goal.

Soft Skills

  • Responsibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Good communication
  • Teamwork
  • Accepting feedback
  • Positive work ethic
  • Flexibility / Adaptability

Technical Skills

  • Accounting & Data Entry
  • Assembly & Production
  • Baking & Food Service
  • Carpentry & Drafting
  • Fabrication & Welding
  • Janitorial
  • Laundry
  • Sewing & Upholstery
  • Paint and Powder Coating


FareStart is a hands-on culinary job training, placement and retention program for homeless and disadvantaged people. FareStart provides support networks for released CI incarcerated individuals who are prepared to work hard and eager to find success. Services include housing, job search, counseling and health care assistance.

Incarcerated individuals who are releasing can look to Employment Security's WorkSource website and local offices to find a job, attend workshops and access career information. With permission, Correctional Industries has adopted a version of the Job Hunter series for use inside prisons.

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