Lancaster:Seven members of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) team of the Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization completed their training in October and were recognized by the Lancaster County Commissioners at the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
OWDS is a national initiative from the National Institute of Corrections that promotes skill development and collaboration to improve employment outcomes, including job retention, for those re-entering the community from jails and prisons. The effort will result in lower recidivism, higher rates of employment, savings to taxpayers, and a reduction in the costs of incarceration.
Members of the Team underwent 180 hours of training to obtain this certification and they were among the first in Pennsylvania to be awarded the nationally-recognized OWDS credential. Team members include...
This Lancaster team will now bring what they have learned back to Lancaster County by offering trainings for other Lancaster County professionals who work with offenders and ex-offenders. These trainings will cover essential skills and best practices to assist people coming out of prison to find employment.