Date:February 23, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

Hunt Correctional to host 10th annual job and resource fair
Employers, community groups invited to attend

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Labor and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections encourage area employers and community resource agencies to participate in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Job & Community Resource Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in St. Gabriel.

More than 250 skilled and semi-skilled inmates eligible for release within one week to six months will attend the fair. Most inmates will be releasing to communities in and around New Orleans, Slidell, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Alexandria. Prior to incarceration, many inmates already possessed skills and good work histories in construction, heavy equipment operations and oilfield work. Inmates also receive on-the-job skills training in prison jobs such as:

Automotive Repairer, Electrical/HVAC Helper, Library Clerk,

Animal Caretaker, Forklift Operator, Painter,

Building Maintenance, Grounds, Maintenance, Paralegal,

Clerical Assistant, Heavy Equipment, Plumber,

Chemical Handler, Hospital Orderly, Roofer,

Chemical Packager, Janitor, Shoe Repairer,

Carpenter, Kitchen Worker, Tailor,

Cook, Laundry Technician, Welder.

Released inmates qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program entitling employers to a 40 percent tax credit on the first $10,000 wages paid in the first year of employment. Employers may also qualify for an additional reimbursement of 50 percent of the employee’s salary if Workforce Investment Act criteria is met. Federal bonding is also available.

The resource fair also gives inmates the opportunity to learn about community resources such as housing, faith-based programs and other support systems designed to help provide more stable living circumstances for the individual and a more dependable employee for the workforce.

Staff from the Education and Chaplaincy departments will provide assistance to employers and resource agency participants before, during and after the fair. Inmates will prepare job applications in advance for those employers needing detailed training and work history information. Lunch will be provided. Participants need only bring their display materials.

Participants must complete a registration form to obtain security clearance. The deadline to register and reserve a space at the Hunt Job & Resource Fair is March 16, 2007. Contact Madeline McCaleb at (225) 319-4266 as soon as possible to register, as available space is limited.

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