The workforce system in Local Area I is seen by employers as ‘the” source for a well-trained and competitive workforce. This workforce is qualified to meet the needs of employers, both now and in the future creating economic growth and vitality.”
Adult/End-Dependence Kansas Success Story
Workforce Challenge –
Austin was facing several barriers to employment after his release from prison. This included having a history of serious problems in the community with amphetamine and cannabis dependence. In the prior seven years, his only period of sobriety was during his final year of incarceration. Austin had not held unsubsidized employment in the past and had a very limited work history in the community. Due to his age and lack of a work history, his skill set was also limited and his education consisted of a GED.
OWDS began working with Austin inside of prison 4 months prior to release. Austin had been involved with Corrections for the past 3 years. Staff developed an individualized employment plan, vocational profile, and provided other career exploration activities. Staff assisted him with resume preparation, soft-skill enhancement activities, and in preparing for a job interview. OWDS helped him develop a plan to avoid or cope with people, places, and things that caused problems in the past and techniques to maintain a positive attitude on a regular basis regardless of circumstances.
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