Webinar - Re-entry solutions - Objections, Concerns and SUCCESSES

Re-entry Solutions — Objections, Concerns and SUCCESSES  

June 20th, 2018 – 2pm EST


Join us as we discuss the trending topic of Re-entry work programs. The primary focus of re-entry efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reentry, so that motivated individuals — who have served time and paid their debt to society — are able to compete for a job, attain stable housing, support their families, and contribute to their communities. 

Re-entry efforts involve any program, initiative, workforce, and/or employer partnership that addresses the issues necessary to ensure that offenders successfully transition and maintain a crime-free existence post-release. Common issues include lack of education, job training or vocational experience, housing, and/or substance abuse and mental health treatment. Returning citizens who gain employment are more than 1/3 less likely than their counterparts to recidivate (return to crime) and are more capable of turning their lives around permanently.

If employers are experiencing a workforce shortage, shouldn’t the consideration of trained and dedicated individuals looking for a second chance be a logical part of the solution? Does the stigma of “not in my backyard” overflow into our hiring decisions for the wrong reasons?  

Join us as we highlight several programs across the country and discuss the pros and the cons of re-entry programs. We are pleased to have joining us:

Ruth Stadheim
Director of Career & Technical Education
MN Department of Corrections

Christine Dykeman, SHRM-CP, PHR, PMP
Employment Counselor, Business Services
Monmouth County Workforce Development

Did you know….Over 600,000 prisoners will be released from prison every year for the next ten years. The strategic focus of prisons to train those incarcerated individuals before they are released creates a talent pool with highly skilled trades with the added benefit of reducing the skills gap.  





Speakers & Panelists

Joan AndrewsJoan Andrews, Program Specialist for RTWBC, is an experienced leader in business development, talent acquisition, and experience in program management and coaching. Ms. Andrews’ leadership experience includes developing a national sales and recruiting teams, developing training programs for entry-level recruiters and sales professionals. During her time in corporate workforce, she felt compelled to give back through coaching sessions of dislocated workers, providing guidance with resume construction, interviewing, networking and search strategies.


Christine DykemanChristine Dykeman is a Human Resource Professional, specializing in training, speaking, education, and networking. She believes that these things lead to an advancement of everyone, which creates a continuous cycle of opportunity. She believes life-long learning and openness to change is a requirement for success in today's global economy.
Current statistics in February 2018 state that 85% of people land a job through networking. Marketing yourself in this global society goes hand in hand with Personal Brand, Networking, Resume Creation, and your entire Job Search. This subject is no different. If you do not do these things, it will be very hard for you to move forward. 
Christine received her BS and MS Degrees from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. She obtained her SHRM-CP and PHR certifications (in Human Resources) and PMP (Project Management Certification). She is a member of the JSAHR organization and Board (Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources) and serves them as the Workforce Readiness Chairperson.  She volunteers with the Brookdale Community College Displaced Homemaker’s program for job search. Christine is currently a Business Services Employment Counselor with the Monmouth County Workforce Development office in NJ. 
Ruth StandheimRuth Standheim is the Minnesota Department Of Corrections (DOC) Director of Career Technical Education, overseeing career technical programming at all of the MN DOC prisons and two county jails; the director of a Federal Bureau of Justice Association; Second Chance Act – Technology Careers grant for Minnesota, the director of the Great Lakes Guaranty Association Career Technical grant.  
Ruth was recently selected as an advisory board member for the National Reentry Resource Center’s (NRRC) Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) project. Ruth is also a member of three of the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board committees – GWDB Pathways to Partnerships committee; GWDB One Stop System Design committee; and GWDB Equity committee.
Ruth has worked in the Department of Corrections for 16 years, beginning as a teacher and promoting to Director. For the past year Ruth has been working with the Governor’s aides, and State Workforce Development Center staff, on special employment initiatives for people with felony records. Prior to the DOC Ruth taught in the public school system, and she continues to teach as an adjunct instructor for the Minnesota State College System. Ruth has Bachelor Degrees in Education and in Accounting, a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. 


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