Conference Workshops


NEW THIS YEAR – You will have the chance to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)!

2017 National Training Conference Workshops

Track A
Incorporating Skill-Based Training

Finding a job isn’t easy for recently released offenders, but Best Practices show that skill-based training in Correctional Industries can help change that. Presenters will discuss how Correctional Industries use vocational education and rehabilitative programming to provide both the technical and soft skills required by employers in the real world. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in an insightful discussion on working with PIE partners to attract and cultivate technology-related programs, developing certification programs, helping offenders during the job hunting process, assessing your Correctional Industry’s program objectives, and developing positive leadership traits in women offenders.

A-1: Attracting and Cultivating Technology- Related PIE Programs
A-2: Skill Based Training—Are We Meeting Our Objective?
A-3: Preparing Offenders through Certification and Education
A-4: Programs for Better Reentry: Makin’ it Work and Job Hunters
A-5: Attracting and Cultivating Technology- Related PIE Programs (Repeat of A-1)
A-6: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing – Providing 21st Century Skills to Offenders

Track B
Preparing for Reentry and Post-Release Success

The ultimate goal of a CI program is for ex-offenders to find and retain employment—that’s why building a culture of employment readiness and providing post-release employment services are critical Best Practices. Join our workshops to learn techniques that ensure offenders are prepared for employment, such as developing a transitional employment program, learning the principles of workforce development, and how to effectively communicate the positive experience of CI training to employers and public service providers in your community. Discover how to develop a program that works and how the use of research and evidence-based practices can help improve post-release outcomes.

B-1: Transformational Workforce Development: What Really Works
B-2: Transitional Employment Development
B-3: Leading Offenders to Work
B-4: Rehabilitation: Is It Lost in the Translation?
B-5: Transformational Workforce Development: What Really Works (Repeat of B-1)
B-6: Leading Offenders to Work (Repeat of B-3)

Track C
Maximizing Internal and External Stakeholder Engagement

Who are your stakeholders and what do they mean to your organization?  In this track you will identify key stakeholders and hear how several states work with different sectors of stakeholders including private business partners, legislators, prison security and one of the most important – your staff.  Subject matter experts, including the National Institute of Corrections, will discuss ways to implement stakeholder-focused Best Practices, like singing the praises of your program, ways to strengthen your partnership with facility security, finding the right message for your legislators, and encouraging your staff to share their offender success stories.  The use of social media in maximizing stakeholder engagement will also be discussed and we will look at successful social media use throughout Correctional Industries around the nation.

C-1: Working Together in Partnership – Addressing Security Issues
C-2: Correctional Industries Taking Food Service to the Next Level and Beyond
C-3: Legislators – Friend, Foe or Somewhere in Between?
C-4: Sing Out Loud – Find the Best Method to Sing Your Program’s Praises
C-5: Your Staff: Your Best Advocates
C-6: Reaching Out to Private Businesses

Track D
Increasing the Impact of Correctional Industries

As a unique blend of business and government, Correctional Industries have the ability to create change within their communities, while providing products and services to governmental entities, teaching skills, and increasing business. This track will focus on building a strong strategic plan and presenting measures to increase job opportunities for offenders while incarcerated and after release.  Workshops will focus on partnering with private businesses to employ incarcerated offenders, using measurement and dashboards to support your program’s strategic development, as well as how to tap into growing markets through the production of sustainable and green products.

D-1: Strategic Planning—Building the Organization through Focus
D-2: Reducing Recidivism with Private Partnerships
D-3: Green Seal: Producing Certified Sustainable Cleaning Products
D-4: Strategies for Employment Success
D-5: Elements of a Continuous Improvement Management System
D-6: Developing Cutting-Edge Product Markets

Track E
One-Day Jail Industries Program

Jail Industries programs and Jails interested in starting an Industry program will have the opportunity to meet other Jail Professionals and learn from successful, nationally recognized Jail Industries programs all in one day. Leaders in Jail Industries will present three workshops, including the Jail Industries Roundtable, where Jail Professionals can discuss their Industry program and network with other Jail Professionals. Jail Professionals will also be presented with The Benefits of Jail Industries in Your Facility and Successful Jail Industries – What Works. Please join us for this exciting event!

E-1: Jail Industries Roundtable
E-2: The Benefits of Jail Industries in Your Facility
E-3: Successful Jail Industries—What Works