By Lt. Jennifer Davies, AA/PIO
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
On April 11, the first-ever Employment Fair was held at the Richard J. Donovan (RJD) Correctional Facility in San Diego. RJD’s Transitions Program and Mental Health staff worked together to bring in outside employers to the prison to connect soon-to-be paroled inmates with local and statewide employment opportunities. Inmates had an opportunity to interview with employers at a chance for potential employment upon their release.
The week prior, on April 4, San Diego Workforce Partnership taught educational workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, Federal Bonding Program and Work Opportunity Tax Credits. Inmates were taught how to properly tie neckties with men’s neckties that were donated by Power Partners USA and were once worn by successful businessmen. The inmates were able to wear them to the Employment Fair. There was also a panel discussion with a Q&A with employers, legal representation, the San Diego Workforce Partnership and a formerly incarcerated individual who has found successful employment. Food for the event was donated by the Chula Vista Branch USE Credit Union and The Rock church of San Diego.
The event was well-received and supported by Custody and Administrative staff at RJD. Several of the inmates who attended received an employment offer upon their release.
Employers in attendance included Helix Electric, Second Chance, ABC Construction, Labor Finders, CEO, Rise Up Industries, Kitchens For Good, IBEW 569 Union, Contra Costa County Office of Education, San Diego Regional Center, SOCAL Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Paving Great Futures, Go-Staff, Healthright 360, Department of Rehabilitation, Amity Foundation, Faveo Moves Moving Company, Division of Apprenticeship Standards and Rhino Staging.