OCJTP followed up with teams requesting brief updates on the progress of their action plans and their efforts to improve offender work force development in their home states.
Much of the offender employment program will be based on OCJTP's 2001 paper and on the Offender Job Retention distance learning training curriculum, which is available from the NIC Information Center.
As OCJTP continues moving toward a more holistic approach to ex-offender employment, the best methods and strategies for meaningful and sustainable employment are being explored.
In conjunction with the program-focus document, OCJTP is designing materials especially for use in a career center.
For more information about offender work force development, training or to order the job retention or offender employment specialist videotapes free of charge, visit the OCJTP Web page at www.nicic.org/about/divisions/ocjtp.htm or call 1-800-877-1461.
Second, OCJTP is conducting a major initiative, known as the Job Retention Project, to explore the offender employment experience.
For example, more than 500 practitioners completed a wide-ranging, exploratory job retention survey administered by OCJTP. Data analysis on the survey reveals fascinating patterns and consistencies regarding offender job retention.
OCJTP is working with the National Association of Work Force Development Professionals (NAWDP) to gain its endorsement for all NIC curriculum related to offender employment development and placement - Its offender employment specialist training and the new work force development corrections specialist training.
For more information on OCJTP activities or to discuss possible participation in the national forum in March 2000, contact John Moore at 1-800-995-6423, ext.
A copy of the NIC Service Plan for Fiscal Year 1999, which includes application requirements and forms, or the OCJTP
bibliography can be obtained from the NIC Information Center (1-800-877-1461) or downloaded from its Web site: www.nicic.org.
The OCJTP clearinghouse, contained within the NIC Information Center in Longmont, Colo., provides a user-friendly, centralized resource for practitioners and policy-makers to access information on integrating offenders and ex-offenders into the work force.
OCJTP held two 36-hour training seminars earlier this year for offender employment specialists.