The Department of Corrections Invites Potential Employers to Participate in its Annual Offender Job/Resource Fair

Job fair to be held at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections will host a job fair to connect employers with qualified offenders who will soon release from prison. The department encourages area employers and community resource agencies to participate in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) Job and Community Resource Fair, 8 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, at EHCC in St. Gabriel.

More than 100 skilled and semi-skilled offenders eligible for release in the coming months will attend the fair. The department expects potential employers, community resource agencies, churches, and non-profit groups to provide opportunities for invaluable linkages. Community resource agencies assist released offenders to overcome barriers that occur when individuals restart their lives. The Job and Resource Fair is a great way for releasing offenders to learn about community resources such as housing, faith-based programs, and other support systems, which help provide more stable living circumstances for the individual, and a more dependable employee for the workforce.

Released offenders qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program, which entitles employers up to a 25 percent tax credit on the first $6,000 in wages paid in the first year of employment. 

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The Louisiana Community and Technical College System operates three technical training classes as EHCC: EPA/HVAC Accredited Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), Certified Carpentry Technology, and NCCER-Certified Welding Technology.

Additionally, EHCC offers training in small engine repair, a National Restaurant Association Culinary ServSafe Certification class, and the NCCER Project Management Academy. A majority of EHCC students also earn their High School Equivalency diplomas. All receive employability training, ensuring a more reliable and employable individual for the workplace.

Prior to incarceration, many offenders already possessed skills and good work histories in construction and restaurant industries. While incarcerated, they also receive skills training in careers such as:

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Education, Re-Entry, and Chaplaincy Department staff will be available to assist employers, answer questions, and hear suggestions. Offenders will prepare job applications in advance to provide employers who need detailed training and work history information. Employers need only bring their display materials.
 

 

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Deadline for registration is April 18. Employers and community resource agencies wishing to register and participate in the job fair should contact the EHCC Education Department by phone at (225) 319-4282, or email jeffreygladney@corrections.state.la.us.

 

 

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