Employability Development Program
For more than 3 decades, since the 1980’s, the Title XX Donated Funds Initiative Employability Development Program (EDP), via the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), has successfully provided services to the inmate and parolee population of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) in southern Illinois. The Employability Development Program (EDP), was initially designed for residents of the former Southern Illinois Adult Transition Center (SIATC), an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) minimum security, work-release correctional facility. Since the closing of the center in 2013, the Employability Development Program office is related to the SIUC campus. The goal of employability development services is to reduce dependency and increase self-sufficiency for the consumer of these services.
The EDP staff
- provides services that arrange or provide for assistance in acquiring academic or vocational skills to enable clients to obtain, retain, or improve employment and overcome barriers to employability while on parole.
- staff travels throughout the southern Illinois area, covering 26 counties, to meet with parolees closer to their residency, as well as inmates within IDOC correctional centers.
The Employability Development Program
- provides for and arranges direct services to assist offenders to make informed choices about jobs.
- develop vocational and educational plans, identify educational and occupational opportunities, and
- prepare the parolee for the realities of the world of work.
EDP’s service delivery model is divided into four units: Intake and Assessment, Counseling and Development, Job Placement, and Job Retention. Parolees are taught how to interview for jobs, develop resumes, fill out job applications, write cover letters, obtain letters of recommendation, and develop job hunting skills. EDP also coordinates with community and state agencies to assist the parolee in obtaining driver’s licenses and state identification cards, social security card, birth certificates, and educational transcripts. Parolees and inmates are given information regarding Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, child support payment programs, Affordable Health Care Act navigators, health departments, counseling agencies, and Division of Rehabilitation Services.
The ED Program has created and maintains strong community linkages and collaborations to provide services for our clients. A major benefit in participating in the ED Program is that clients are capable of reintegrating back into society. Most lack an employment history prior to incarceration; at least 65% were unemployed at least 90 days before incarceration. The need for services is to enable and empower transition from the prison system to full community living and the acceptance of personal and familiar responsibilities.
For more information go to: http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/facilities/information.asp?instchoice=sil