Understanding the critical role immediate access to employment plays in reducing recidivism Robert Barnett and the Orange County (Florida) Corrections Department team decided they could provide inmates with valuable skills for employment upon release, and a new lease on life. With a vision to help offer inmates employable skills and provide a meaningful career path they worked with Valencia College to create a six-week construction curriculum. In addition to teaching valuable skills and providing hands-on construction experience, students in the program receive certifications to give them an advantage in the job market. The incorporation of a service project as a form of community reparation within each class empowers students to gain valuable perspective and life skills including accountability and the value of supporting their community.
The program has graduated twelve classes totaling over 200 graduates to date, and has delivered incredible results — with over two-thirds of the graduates securing full-time employment (many earning over $20/hour with benefits).
This webinar will cover how this program was developed, lessons learned, and insight into developing strong partnerships to help develop a similar program.
This webinar is part of the 2019 #Catalyst4Change Awards. Other webinars in this series include:
- May 9: From Detention to Legacy: The Creation of the Legacy Teen Center
- May 22: Differentiating by Risk & Enhancing Skill Building Techniques to Motivate Positive Change
This program is a Finalist in cFive Solution’s #Catalyst4Change Award in 2019. #Catalyst4Change is cFive’s corporate initiative created to give back to the industry by creating a platform to recognize dynamic individuals in community supervision, share insight on what works, and build awareness and support in the community and beyond.
- “Learning what is available through the Orange County jail. This is a wonderful program to provide individuals with the incentive to change their lives.” — Lizzie
- “How fast you can train people to make a decent living if you just give them a chance – and the setting doesn’t matter. What a game changer!” –Sharon
- “Companies are willing to work with the program to hire graduates! This is great news!!” –Susan
- “A great example of a program creating beneficial results that can be applied throughout the nation.” –Nicholas
- “All the human interest stories were so great. Put a human factor into the difference that the program is making.” — Tracie