Finding a job is hard work – imagine trying to job hunt when you’ve never had a real job and you have a criminal record. WCS knows that having a job with family sustaining wages is key to an individual’s ability to recover and move forward into a healthy, secure future.
“Research has consistently shown that crime and unemployment are linked, and that one of the most important conditions that leads to less offending is a strong tie to meaningful employment.” [Mackenzie, D.L. (2006). What Works: Reducing the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Delinquents. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY.]
This WCS Workforce Development Department is comprised of WCS adult employment and training services and the Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability (CDLRE).
Employment and Training Services
WCS Employment and Training Services include: Employment Readiness class, Makin’ It Work, a cognitive intervention curriculum designed for employability, job development and placement services, job retention, transportation assistance, and case management. WCS also provides Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services for eligible adult job seekers enrolled into the general employment services program.
Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability (CDLRE)
The CDLRE assists low-income individuals who have a suspended or revoked Wisconsin driver’s license through legal representation and case management services. Legal services include helping identify alternatives to financial obligations in court such as affordable payment plans or supervised community service. It also includes assistance with administrative Department of Transportation (DOT) suspensions, issues concerning correction of records, and negotiations for payment plans with private insurance companies. Case management provides the necessary program arrangements and support to help ensure program completion.
Community Improvement and Job Training program (CIJT)
The Community Improvement and Job Training program (CIJT) targets individuals, ages 16-23 years of age, who reside in Milwaukee's Harambee neighborhood. Special efforts are made to involve residents who are former gang members or at risk of gang involvement.