San Bernardino and Victorville Parole offices offered special workshops to help formerly incarcerated job-seekers find employment. The Job Readiness Program workshops were held in August in preparation for the Employment and Resource Fair hosted by DAPO’s Adult Programs Unit in September.
The Job Readiness Program was a three-day workshop designed to assist parolees with the “Skills to get the job that pays.” Organizers said it was successful with 39 parolees from DAPO Southern Region earning certificates of completion.
The objective of the Job Readiness Program was to give parolees the opportunity to build and improve their employment skills to land a job as they transition back into society.
Parolees from the Riverside, San Bernardino, and Victorville Parole Offices participated in the program, which was free of charge.
The workshops were guided by professional job developers and instructors from Cal-State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative, GEO-Stop Area 4, Goodwill, San Bernardino Valley College, and San Bernardino Community College District. The workshops focused on interviewing skills, effective communication, job preparedness, employer expectation, and resume building.
Not only did each participant walk away with a certificate of completion, they each had the opportunity to build a resume for use at the job fair. The participants received professional attire and shoes donated by DAPO’s partnerships as an incentive for completing the program.