The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) recently co-hosted a job fair with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) at the newly populated Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF).

FWF job fair

FWF Associate Warden Robin Harrington assists offenders with their applications.

The March 5 effort was in line with two of CDCR’s key objectives: ensure public safety and rehabilitate inmates.

FWF Associate Warden Robin L. Harrington and CALPIA staff assisted more 60 offenders with applications for diverse work assignments at five local sites in areas such as accounting, business services, customer service, marketing, facility maintenance, warehousing, and more.  CALPIA will ultimately provide more than 200 employment and training slots for FWF offenders.

Because of the high demand for skilled female workers in the economy, CALPIA is expanding its Career Technical Education (CTE) pre-apprenticeship carpentry, iron working and construction labor certification programs to include female offenders from the new women’s facility.

CALPIA also will provide the women with a valid California identification upon parole.  The California ID Project began in 2010 as a collaborative pilot project among CALPIA, the Department of Motor Vehicles and CDCR.

To accommodate the new offenders at FWF, CALPIA anticipates expanding the CTE program to include computer programming, and its enterprises at Folsom State Prison to include electronics recycling.