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Reentry Workforce Training Series

ODJFS partnered with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) and Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) to produce the following training modules.  This goals of this training series are:

  • To enhance the knowledge of staff who assist incarcerated adults and juveniles with reentry
  • To raise awareness of the available workforce program services and resources
  • To help justice-involved individuals enter careers in demand occupations to enhance their reentry success.


Module Session Title / Description Link to recording Handouts and Related Links
The Workforce System and OhioMeansJobs Centers May 18, 2020 (2:21) Workforce System slides, OMJ Center slides, OMJ Map, JFS/OMJ center list, CCMEP county contacts
Understand how the local workforce development systems assist individuals through partner services in gaining employment.  (Trainers: Ron Weber, ODJFS Project Manager; Craig Gebers, Zepf Center, Toledo.)
Ohio Reentry Connections: OhioMeansJobs Secure Version  June 1, 2020 (1:21) Presentation slides, Step-by-step Guide, Create Account video (6.5 mins.), Create Resume video (12 mins.)
Run-through of job search portal including account creation, review of resources, resume development, secure resume database, and job search techniques.  (Trainer: Ron Weber, ODJFS Project Manager.)
Career One-Stop (American Job Center National Site)      June 8, 2020 (1:21) Presentation slides, Background Checks, Career One-Stop Info, Values Assessment, Interest Assessment, One Year Checklist
Review of federal resources available including assessments, career profiles and videos, employer locator, etc.  (Trainer: Tom Hutter, ODJFS Project Manager.)
Apprenticeships/Career Pathways June 15, 2020 (1:16) Presentation slides, List of Ohio apprenticeship programs
Overview of apprenticeship programs to include sponsors, education, and ODRC-specific programs.  (Trainers: Becky DeMatteis, ODJFS Apprenticeship Program Administrator; Paul Mikita, DRC Apprenticeship Administrator.) 
Labor Market Information (LMI) Resources and Tools June 22, 2020 (1:22) Presentation slides, Food Processing Job Outlook, Manufacturing Job Outlook, Snapshot of Occupations, SW Ohio Regional Profile
How to interpret and use the available LMI for career guidance and job searches, including regional, statewide, and industry profiles.  (Trainer: Lew Horner, ODJFS Assistant Bureau Chief.)
WOTC, Federal Bonding, CQEs, CAEs, and GCF Video Resources June 29, 2020 (1:06) Presentation slides, WOTC Application Website, CQE Application Website, Federal Bonding BrochureCAE Application, CAE Checklist, GCF Learn Free Topics, GCF Learn Free Website
Tools for returning citizens to assist with hiring, finding resources, and free learning opportunities.  (Trainers: Tom Hutter, ODJFS, for WOTC and GCF Videos; Irene Lyons, ODRC, for CQEs; Jeanette Woodruff, ODRC, for Federal Bonding; and Melissa Peters, ODRC, for CAEs.) 
Local Reentry Coalition Services and Job Guide for People With a Record      July 6, 2020 (1:45) Montgomery slides, contact card, RCAA calendar, RCAA schedule, Hamilton slidesJob Guide for People With a Record
Specific services for returning citizens and the resources available through the local reentry coalitions.  (Trainers: Kysten Palmore, ODYS Deputy Director; Jamie Gee, Montgomery County; Trina Jackson, Hamilton; Shawn Stover, Athens; Tom Lukette, Lucas; Tom Hutter, ODJFS.)
Resume Writing, Mock Interviewing, Job Prep Workshops, and Restored Citizens Secure Resume Database July 13, 2020 (2:20) Resume & Interviewing Slides, Resume Guide, Interviewing Guide, Secure Resume Database Slides, Employer Manual, Employer Video (3 mins.), Restored Citizen Video (3.5 mins.), JBM Envelope Video (3 mins.), Union Supply Video (1.5 mins.)
Tips and training on how to best prepare individuals for getting a job along with an in-depth look at the Secure Resume Database Program.  (Trainers: Vernise Robinson, ODRC Administrator; Will Eleby, ODRC Project Manager; Tom Hutter, ODJFS Project Manager.)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources July 20, 2020 (1:00) Presentation slides, Small Business Development Centers map, Minority Business Assistance Center contact list, Online business startup training modules.
Learn about resources for business planning, funding, and potential business opportunities provided by the Ohio Development Services Agency.  (Trainers: Jim Laipply, ODSA Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Joe Brooks, ODSA Minority Business Development Division.)
CIVICC - Ohio's Collateral Sanctions Database and Resources August 3, 2020 (2:06) CIVICC Slides, CIVICC Handout, CIVICC Online Database, CQE Overview, CQE Workbook, Sealing Records Handout, Sealing Records Manual, Safe Harbor Expungement Handout, Slides, Website
Identifying collateral sanctions that may impact a justice-involved individual's career options and finding local providers of social services and other supports (Trainers: Pamela H. Thurston, Attorney with Ohio Justice & Policy Center; Barbara Campbell, Executive Director, Dalton Foundation)


For more information on assisting justice-involved job seekers, visit our Reentry Resources page.



Last updated: 8/4/2020