Workforce Innovation Submitted By:
Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board
Reentry Management Collaboration
For nearly five years, the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County and the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board have been working with the Lancaster County Prison, the Lancaster County Adult Probation and Parole Services, and over 50 faith and community-based organizations that comprise the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO) to place inmates on work release and ex-offenders who are now in the community in jobs.
The PA CareerLink accepts inmates on work release and RMO participants into its Ready2Work program and its full array of pre-employment training courses that include construction, building maintenance, basic machine maintenance, office administration, forklift driving, and energy analysis skills. Beginning last year, the PA CareerLink also started offering the ServSafe food safety program to inmates who work in food service at the Prison.
Adult Probation and Parole Services has posted a Parole Officer full-time at the PA CareerLink to be the liaison with the criminal justice system and a case manager for the participants in the program.
Outcomes & Results
The intensive case management has paid off, and dozens of individuals have been successful in finding and keeping a job as a result of their participation in a basic work readiness program and skills training program. The collaboration has been so effective because of the extensive network of service providers that have come together to share resources to get the job done.