CALPIA held a job fair for female offenders at Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) earlier this month.

Associate Warden Robin Harrington and Division of Rehabilitative Programs Director Millicent Tidwell worked with CALPIA to make the event possible.

Offenders experienced a typical interview process while exploring different program opportunities CALPIA has to offer.  The offenders, 164 total, attended the fair and filled out applications with the assistance of CALPIA staff.

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The FWF offenders were interviewed to fill work assignments in accounting, business services and marketing in CALPIA’s Central Office and CALPIA’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

CALPIA has expanded its Folsom-based CTE pre-apprenticeship carpentry, facilities maintenance, iron working, and construction labor certification programs to include offenders from the FWF.

CALPIA anticipates expanding the program to include Computer Assisted Design (CAD).

CALPIA’s program participants are 26 to 38 percent less likely to return to prison than general population offenders and those who participate in CALPIA’s CTE programs have a three-year recidivism rate of less than 15 percent.