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Reentry E-Learning Courses – Workforce Development for Justice-Involved Individuals
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Available on the NIC Learning Center, the Community Services Division has developed a series of seven e-courses that address competencies required to provide effective workforce development services for justice-involved individuals. The series, entitled Workforce Development for Justice-Involved Individuals, includes the following courses: learn center

  1. Career Development Theory and Its Application presents foundational and theoretical perspectives of career development. The course focuses on four types of theories: trait-and-factor, developmental, transition, and learning. It also includes instruction on assumptions underlying the theories and practical application of the theories in working with justice-involved individuals.
  2. Strategies to Lessen Barriers for Justice-Involved Individuals Entering the Workforce gives strategies to address barriers to employment and job retention. The course provides instruction on how to identify internal and external barriers, assess those barriers using the transition interview and development of an action plan, and use retention models and other support tools to minimize barriers.
  3. Using Assessment Instruments to Assist with Career Planning includes information about use of assessments, including tests and inventories, in career planning. The course offers instruction in the purposes and pitfalls of assessments, differences between formal and informal assessments, types of tests and inventories, preparation for assessments, and administering and interpreting the O*Net Interest Inventory.
  4. Ethics for Providers of Career Development Services outlines a set of ethical standards for persons who deliver career development services. The course provides instruction on the purpose of ethical standards and how to interpret and apply them within the scope of practice related to an individual’s training and position description.
  5. Using Computer Systems and Websites to Assist Justice-Involved Individuals with Career Planning and Job Placement provides information on using computer software and online resources to assist clients with the process of career planning. The course offers instruction in applying criteria for evaluating systems and websites, using sample sites related to the career planning process, and assisting justice-involved individuals with job search strategies, including how to network, conduct informational interviews, develop resumes, and prepare for job interviews.
  6. Designing and Implementing Training and Workforce Development Services introduces a process for planning a program of workforce development services or interventions for any population. The course provides instruction on the steps of the planning process and application of the planning process to a case study.
  7. 21st Century Employment Strategies for Justice-Involved Individuals presents up-to-date and promising strategies to assist clients in securing and maintaining gainful employment. At the end of the course, the learner will be able to describe these strategies and explain how they can be used to improve employment outcomes for justice-involved individuals.

To access the program, please go to and create an account or login if you already have an account. Then, go to Catalog > E-Courses. Look for Workforce Development for Justice-Involved Individuals under All Courses.

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Posted Wed, Apr 27 2016 7:39 AM by Susan Powell


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