ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections will host a job fair to connect employers with qualified offenders who will soon release from prison.
The department encourages area employers and community resource agencies to participate in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) Job and Community Resource Fair, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at EHCC in St. Gabriel.
More than 100 skilled and semi-skilled offenders eligible for release in the coming months will attend the fair. Hunt expects potential employers, community resource agencies, churches and non-profit groups to provide opportunities for invaluable linkages. Community resource agencies assist released offenders to overcome barriers that occur when individuals restart their lives.
Released offenders qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program, which entitles employers up to a 40 percent tax credit on the first $6,000 in wages paid in the first year of employment. Companies that meet the WIA criteria may also qualify for an additional reimbursement of up to 50 percent of the employee's salary.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System operates three technical training classes at EHCC: EPA/HVAC Accredited Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) -Certified Carpentry Technology, and NCCER-Certified Welding Technology.
Additionally, EHCC offers training in small engine repair, a National Restaurant Association Culinary ServSafe Certification class, and the NCCER Project Management Academy. A majority of EHCC students also earn their High School Equivalency diplomas. All receive employability training, ensuring a more reliable and employable individual for the workplace.
Prior to incarceration, many offenders already possessed skills and good work histories in construction and restaurant industries. While incarcerated, they also receive skills training in careers such as: education, re-entry, and chaplaincy department staff will be available to assist employers, answer questions and hear suggestions. Offenders will prepare job applications in advance to provide employers who need detailed training and work history information.
For more information, call the EHCC Education Department at (225) 319-4346.