Windows to Work (W2W) provides re-entry tools, support and career coaching services to incarcerated individuals beginning 3-12 months prior to release and for approximately one year after their release from prison. While the Workforce Development Boards manage the program throughout the state, EATA administers the Windows to Work program at Oakhill Correctional Institution. Interested individuals must enroll while in the Institution.
This program is designed to address individual’s criminogenic needs that can lead to recidivism including: employment, education, anti-social cognition, anti-social personality and anti-social companions. The program’s goals are to reduce recidivism for participants after their release from incarceration, increase employment placement opportunities, increase lengths of employment retention and increase wages.
While incarcerated participants complete a 12-week program to prepare for their release. The Windows to Work program curriculum consists of cognitive intervention, general work skills and expectations, community resources and assistance with applications, resumes, interviewing and job seeking. Once released the participant works one-on-one with their Windows to Work Coach while looking for employment and/or training opportunities. The program also has a financial assistance component to assist with transitioning back to the community. Financial Assistance may be provided on a case-by-case basis and can be utilized for work-related clothing, transportation, housing and education.
2016 Program Results:
- 95% completed the W2W curriculum
- 24 participants released from prison
- 94% of those released were employed
For more information about this program, please contact Julie Larson, Windows to Work Coach at (608) 242-7414.