One local state representative is partnering with several community-based organizations to implement a jobs training program for ex-offenders.
State Representative Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) in collaboration with Project Restoration, the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP/Big Step) and the Community Corrections Employment Program (CCEP) recently launched the Skilled Training Opportunities Pilot Program (STOPP).
“This program will ensure that ex-offenders have the necessary skills to get and retain family supporting jobs,” stated Rep. Fields. “I am proud to work with local groups to bring this program to Milwaukee and make it happen.”
CCEP recruited 12 individuals to participate in STOPP, which began Monday. STOPP will assist ex-offenders with driver’s license reinstatement and child support modification. The program will provide workshops in job readiness, computer readiness, financial literacy, and daily life skills. Project Restoration will provide the soft skills training for STOPP. The training program is 8 hours a day for 24 weeks.
“Project Restorations’ mission is to provide these individuals with the tools to restore lives and equip them with the resources necessary to obtain gainful employment,” said Pastor Walter Fields, Project Restoration.
After completing STOPP, WRTP/Big Step will work with the individuals to get industry certifications to qualify for jobs and apprenticeships.
“This is an example of an effective workforce partnership that efficiently leverages public and private resources to create a community workforce pipeline to meet the employer demands and create career opportunities that help the community,” said Earl Buford, president and CEO of WRTP/Big Step.
In addition to the jobs training program, Rep. Fields is also actively involved with several other initiatives for the betterment of ex-offenders and the community as a whole.
Through his “On the Real Tour,” every year Fields visits different schools in the Milwaukee area, bringing with him ex-offenders who speak to the students about their experiences in prison, encouraging students to find other, more fulfilling paths in life.
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