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PEN implements and supports 24 Career Development Training Centers inside 15 Indiana Department of Correction Adult Facilities.
The Program provides participants a self-paced progression from self awareness within the realm of the world of work to a fully developed, personal career action plan, as well as the resources and tools needed to see the plan through.
A PEN Career Development Training Center is a learning environment which provides the Client the opportunity to gain knowledge and learn a wide variety of skills to empower and equip for post-release employment. This includes providing means by which Client identifies their own interests and skills, explore industries in an effort to determine fields of choice and potential career path options. Clients are guided by trained facilitators (supervised by staff who are credentialed as Workforce Development Specialists) in following an ordered path of weekly modules for an average period of 8 to 9 months. The 53 modules must be completed with the expectation of completion, learning and creating applicability to the Client’s life while incarcerated and after returning to their community. This includes goal setting for the progression from entry level employment to long-term career, financial responsibility and planning, computer basics/intermediate training, exposure to educational and vocational options and so much more. Throughout the experience, each Client is provided many opportunities to learn and practice skills and abilities needed to perform a successful employment search and plan retention strategies to avoid self-inflicted unemployment.