Workplace Readiness Archives

Last month, the Council for Court Excellence published sobering statistics in its report, “Unlocking Employment Opportunity for Previously Incarcerated Persons in the District of Columbia.”

The council found that the unemployment rate for ex-offenders in Washington, D.C., is as high as 46 percent. According to the report, 8,000 individuals were released from prison or jail into the District last year, and it is anticipated that about 4,000 of these individuals will re-offend, finding themselves back behind bars in the next three years.

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and officials from the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) have launched the second phase of the One City • One Hire campaign, which was announced in September, and designed to encourage businesses in the Washington metropolitan area to hire qualified, unemployed District residents.

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Linwood Center receives $50,000 from Knott Foundation

The Linwood Center, in Ellicott City, received $50,000 from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation to fund its supported employment program for adults with autism.

Linwood provides education, employment and residential services for children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities.

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D.C. Council Focuses On Ex-Offenders

One day after the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) held a press conference to share the findings of a major Ex-Offender study with the public, D.C. Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) chaired a hearing focused on ex-offenders, their needs, the programs available and the countless difficulties they face once released from jail.

The Council hearing, held on Friday, Nov. 18, was the first in 10 years. For several hours, lawmakers heard testimony from 139 individuals and representatives from non-profits, governmental organizations, the private sector and city officials.

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Division of Labor: The Gap Between Skills and Jobs

While much of the country struggles with job creation, D.C. is in the unique position of having more jobs than residents. So why are some D.C. neighborhoods facing Depression-era unemployment rates? DCentric examines how D.C.’s healthy economy has left out so many Washingtonians and what some are doing to close the unemployment gap.

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Timely new research demonstrates the positive “return on investment” to employers who support skills and workforce readiness training for their new employees.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 06, 2011

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Under the short-term spending measure passed in October, Congress cut federal funds for special education, disadvantaged youth programs, teacher improvement programs and career and technical education. Maine Education Commissioner Steve Bowen said the cuts total nearly $1.5 million in Maine and have already taken effect.

“We are doing what we can to minimize the impact on local schools,” he said. “But we can only absorb so much within our existing funds.”

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Today, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) and Citi Community Development formally announced the new Jobs & Entrepreneurship Stimulus Account (JESA) program, an accelerated Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program for individuals who agree to save $500 towards their small business or job training costs.

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