News Release: 11/2/2018:CareerSource Pasco Hernando and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Partner to

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Contact: Jessica Weightman
Telephone: (352) 277-6976
Date: November 1, 2018
Headline: CareerSource Pasco Hernando and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Partner to Reduce Recidivism in Hernando County.
Pasco and Hernando Counties (Region 16), Florida- In April 2017, CareerSource Pasco Hernando and the Hernando County Sheriff’s office partnered to launch the Project Restart program through the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Service (ETS), which aims to reduce recidivism for inmates who are released from jail. Project Restart focuses on teaching inmates work maturity skills, marketable training and supportive services. These include résumé writing, interview techniques, business etiquette and workplace communication. This knowledge is designed to enhance the individual’s value in the workforce, and remove much of the stigma associated with incarceration. Participants receive instruction to earn certification in CPT (Certified Production Technician), Mavis Beacon basic keyboarding, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and other transferable skills.
While inmates are enrolled in the course, program organizers partner with local employers to setup interviews and help facilitate the move from jail to job. Currently, there are 100 participating inmates enrolled in Project Restart, and out of those 100 participants 73 inmates have been released back into society. Out of those 73 released inmates, 51 have obtained employment, while 1 is pursuing secondary education, providing an employment success rate of 69.8% and a recidivism rate of .028%.
“Project restart gives hand selected and dedicated inmates those job and computer skills that many job seekers in our community do not possess. This, coupled with the ongoing support from CareerSource Pasco Hernando and our Detention staff after their release, make these participants viable candidates for many of the vacancies in our community.”- Michael Terry, Community Relations Specialist/Alternate PIO for Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The two-year $500,000 grant from the Department of Labor has been so successful, CareerSource Pasco Hernando has decided to continue program funding and its partnership with the Hernando County Sheriff’s office after the grant concludes.
In addition, the program has assisted with eliminating barriers inmates have prior to being released. CareerSource Pasco Hernando will help provide business attire to inmates who may not own their own professional attire. This creates self-esteem for the inmates resulting in successful interviews with potential employers. The program also offers several post-release services in coordination with other community agencies, including help with housing, medication, transportation and other assistance to ensure a seamless transition into the workforce. CareerSource Pasco Hernando continues communication with the inmates upon their release, providing assistance all aimed at returning the individual to employment and productivity, to assist and provide support services to help encourage the individuals to become a productive part of society.
For additional information on services provided to employers and jobseekers, please visit or call Pasco (813) 377-1300 / Hernando (352) 200-3020 and ask for a Business Services Consultant or Career Counselor today!
About CareerSource Pasco Hernando
CareerSource Pasco Hernando enhances economic development efforts of our region by providing a well-trained, high quality workforce which supports the success of local business and improves the quality of life. CareerSource Pasco Hernando is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711
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