Training for Ex-Offenders and Other Hard-to-Employ Populations
The Career Academy is a four-week, 60-hour training program in which Blue Jacket provides adult ex-offenders and other hard-to-employ populations with job-readiness training, transitional jobs, job placement, and pre- and post-placement services including education, skills and interest assessments, vocational training, and personal and professional development.
The Career Academy screens out those less motivated to “earn a seat” back at the table of employment and society. Clients participate in mock interviews and roundtables with volunteer human resources managers and small business owners, learning from the experts who hire and fire every day to add credence to the curriculum.
The Career Academy is innovative and cutting edge because attendance requirements are intense, with expectations of business professional appearance, punctuality and completed assignments. We offer a clothing bank so clients can meet the professional attire expectation. The program fills the gap in ex-offender workforce development by allowing employers to see action, not intention. Everything is kinesthetic; our clients learn by ‘doing’ not by ‘lecture’ through a workshop. It is unique in design by catering to an average 4th grade reading level. Every skill must be practiced often throughout the training, instituting repetition as a key component found in all of Blue Jacket’s programming.
If you are a professional, and would like to volunteer a few hours to provide mock interviews or in our employer roundtable, please contact Lance at (260) 744-1900, or email him at email@example.com for more details!