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March 2016

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
Email: camann@pa.gov
www.cor.pa.gov

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!

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Youth Day

March 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Central Penn College, ATEC Building, Valley and B Streets
Summerdale, PA 17093 United States
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May 2016

2016 PWDA Annual Employment, Training & Education Conference

May 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - May 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr
Hershey, PA 17033 United States
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July 2016

PWDA Policy Council Meeting

July 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
PWDA Offices, 205 House Avenue, Suite 101
Camp Hill, PA 17055 United States
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PWDA Welfare TWG

July 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ramada Conference & Golf Hotel, 1450 South Atherton Street
State college, PA 16801 United States
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August 2016

PWDA Board Meeting

August 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
PWDA Offices, 205 House Avenue, Suite 101
Camp Hill, PA 17055 United States
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October 2016

2016 PA WDB Symposium

October 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - October 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
The Penn Stater, 215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16803 United States
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PWDA Board Meeting

October 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Penn Stater, 215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16803 United States
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January 2017

PWDA Board Meeting

January 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
PWDA Offices, 205 House Avenue, Suite 101
Camp Hill, PA 17055 United States
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February 2017

PWDA Policy & Oversight Council Meeting

February 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
PWDA Offices, 205 House Avenue, Suite 101
Camp Hill, PA 17055 United States
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