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Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training

March 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, announce the upcoming Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training.

The OWDS class will be held at the PADOC Training Academy in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County) as follows:
•         March 18-April 15: online-based curriculum (assignments sent in advance to students)
•         April 18-April 22: In Person
•         June 13-17: In Person
Attached are an application, administrative guide and information materials that highlight the OWDS training and its requirements. The OWDS trainees receive intensive, competency-based instruction that includes approximately 180 hours of classroom/online training and practicum experience. The classroom training is delivered in one online session and two weekly sessions, with approximately 5 to 6 weeks between sessions to allow participants time to return home and attend to critical job responsibilities and to complete practicum assignments.  Successful completion of the program can result in a certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).
In-Kind support and grant funds have been made available to provide the OWDS training to accepted applicants free of charge; however, sponsoring agencies are expected to cover all other costs related to participant attendance (lodging, transportation, etc).
Please review the enclosed application and materials closely. Feel free to share this with others within your agency, including your supervisor, as well as any partner organizations. The deadline to submit completed applications is 4pm, Monday, February 22, 2016.  Applicants should receive notification of their acceptance decision no later than Tuesday, March 1st.
Please submit your application form including related materials (via mail or scanned pdf if emailed) and any questions (email preferred) to:

Carrie Anne Amann, MPA | Executive Policy & Grants Specialist
Department of Corrections | Office of Policy, Grants & Legislative Affairs
1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone  (717) 728-4045  | Fax. (717) 728-4177

 We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: For those not yet interested/available to participate in OWDS, Reentry Employment Specialist (RES) classes are being developed and hosted by various Local Workforce Development Boards across the state! We hope to coordinate a training in your area soon! We also anticipate the possibility of a 2nd OWDS offering in the Fall!


March 18, 2016
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PA Workforce Development Association