Jun 3, 2010 5:41 PM by Greg Boyce

Employers asked to provide training to those just out of jail

The Women's Resource Agency is asking for local employers to provide job training opportunities to women who have been in jail.

The organization, which for nearly 40 years has been helping women of all ages and situations attain and maintain financial independence, received a $100,000 contract from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to expand its work with newly released women from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Employers are needed to provide 90-day job training in entry-level positions, in industries such as retail, food and beverage, hospitality and business services.  The Women's Resource Agency will pay for the women's salaries during the three months they are on the job.

"This will give women a chance to gain employment skills to put on their resumes," said Beth Roalstad, Executive Director of the Women's Resource Agency.

The state contract enables the organization to prepare women for re-entering the workforce before they are released from jail, then follow through with further employment training after incarceration.

Employers interested in participating in the program may contact Program Director, Aubrey Terry at 471-3170.



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