Free Members Workshop
"A job can change a life"
Presented by EMPLOY
April 21, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The goal of this workshop is to inform MCA members how the DOC is preparing releasing individuals for job search pre and post release.
* Increase awareness of the EMPLOY Program
* Understand its design and services
* Share program evaluation results on post release employment and recidivism reduction outcomes
Created in 2006, EMPLOY is a voluntary employment service program providing work readiness and job search preparation DOC wide for individuals that are 24 months or less to serve in their sentence. Our mission is to reduce recidivism by providing participants with the necessary tools to locate, obtain, and retain gainful employment. We accomplish this through offering work readiness and job search training, providing education to employers about creating fair hiring practices within their companies and the benefits of hiring from the second chance population, connecting skilled participants with the appropriate job leads, offering follow up support, and encouraging positive change. The EMPLOY Program prepares participants not only for successful reentry into the world of work, but to ensure they are successful with job retention, thus helping employers fill the employment void left by low unemployment and high job vacancy numbers.
Presenters Mark Schultz & JoAnn M. Brown
Mark Schultz joined the EMPLOY team as a Workforce Development Specialist in July of 2022 after working for the Department of Employment and Economic Development for 13 years as an Employment Counselor and later the Labor Market Analyst for the 20 counties in Southeast and South-Central Minnesota. During his tenure with DEED, Mark specialized in assisting those who have been incarcerated as well as individuals who have a criminal background but have not served time in a prison, as well as focusing on labor market information for the second chance population. Mark's corrections experience dates back to 2003 when he started his career as a Correctional Officer at the Stillwater prison before attending graduate school
loAnn M. Brown joined the DOC MINNCOR Industries team as a Workforce Development Specialist for the EMPLOY Program in 2007. In this capacity, she facilitated job search training session for program participant prior to their release. In 2011, JoAnn was promoted to supervise the EMPLOY Program. In 2020, the EMPLOY Program was suspended due to budget deficits and was relaunched in 2022. Along with being reassigned to supervise the EMPLOY Program once again, JoAnn is directing services for the Community Reentry Unit "Employment Matters!" grant, is the DOC liaison to community partner programs that are employment focused, and coordinates referrals for DEED Veteran Employment Services. JoAnn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winona State University, is a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist Lead Instructor, a CPC Assessor, and previously was certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. JoAnn.Brown@state.mn.us
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