Practical Job Training to Give Students Skills to Succeed
One of the biggest challenges prisoners face after being released from jail is finding work—they don’t know where to go and don’t have the skills needed to pursue specific vocations. That’s why Chicagoland Prison Outreach offers several extremely practical vocational training programs in our Post-Prison Ministry, each of which is designed to enable the former inmates to be self-sufficient and successful. Currently we offer a welding program or our automotive maintenance class which gives men and women skills to qualify for specific positions that will allow them to provide for themselves. And, of course, every class day includes a 1 hour Bible study.
A Range of Vocational Training Programs
At CPO, we do everything we can to get former inmates involved in our vocational programs, but we still must require certain things in the process. For this reason, participation in our CPO/Outreach Career Center ministries mandates that individuals show up on time and show up every day; any student who doesn’t maintain correct start times and expected attendance gets dropped from the program. Here are some of the training programs we currently offer in our Post-Prison Ministry:
- Welding: This 20-week program begins with classes on math and safety and progresses to practical instruction in welding. We train our students in the use of stick, mig and gas welding equipment and cutting torches.
- Automotive/Engine Repair: Periodically we offer a small engine/automotive basic repair class that trains participants to get jobs in brake-shop businesses, as well as to advance as they learn more—even to potentially open their own businesses someday.