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Career Focused Reentry

PEN >  PEN Reentry > Workforce Development (OWDS) Workforce Development (OWDS)


OWDS training is fundamental to a comprehensive reentry initiative that helps communities meet the workforce development needs of justice involved individuals.

This program includes three essential elements:

  • Collaboration between criminal justice agencies, community organizations and a broad array of governmental agencies.
  • It provides training in competency-based skills that meet the requirements of Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), an internationally recognized certification.
  • Development of a comprehensive team plan for implementation into respective communities and jurisdictions.

The training program consists of three blocks, each 4 1/2 days in length, totaling 112 hours of classroom instruction. In addition, 68 hours of practicum and homework assignments must also be completed.

The three training blocks are scheduled approximately five weeks apart to allow participants adequate time to deal with everyday work duties, as well as completing mandatory practicum and reading assignments.