The Department of Career Services Reentry Unit provides programs and services to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. It also provides support to businesses who are engaged in providing job opportunities to these individuals.
Working with Reentry Individuals
Services and referrals are provided to help ex-offenders find meaningful work and assimilate back into the community.
One-Stop Career Center Services
Employment and training services are provided to help re-entry individuals find a job. To get started, you must become a member of a Career Center near you and attend core services offered by the Career Center.
Merit Apprentice Referrals
The Apprenticeship Program is one of the opportunities for re-entry individuals to "Earn while you Learn". This program allows you to learn a skill or trade that creates a pathway for success.
VERC Enterprises Inc. has long standing experience hiring individuals with barriers to employment. Other businesses have also hired many re-entry individuals. Referrals will be made to help you gain meaningful work after you have completed core services at your local Career Center.
Working with Businesses
Incentives are provided to support businesses who hire reentry individuals.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Businesses are eligible to receive up to $2,400 in tax credits for hiring an ex-offender. You must make the hire within one year of the release date of the ex-offender. Learn more about Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
This is a business insurance policy that insures businesses up to $5,000 against any theft or loss of money resulting from an ex-offender’s dishonesty in the workplace. It has a duration of 6 months but can be extended by a bonding coordinator. It is intended to support businesses who are providing much needed job opportunities to these individuals. Learn more about The Federal Bonding Program.