OCE REENTRY PROGRAMSAbout 95% of currently incarcerated individuals will someday release back into the community. The spotlight on inclusion and equity has shined brightly on the need for those who are reentering to have a quality start to their new life. Essential to success is gainful, living wage or better employment. OCE's programs are focused directly on offering skills for workplace success, and we are partnering with Second Chance employers to create direct pipelines to immediate employment. If you are recently released or are an employer who is looking for eager, trained workers, please review these materials for more information.
Become a PartnerPartner with OCE to provide opportunities and help write countless more success stories. There are two options available for organizations interested in establishing a partnership with OCE to reach the AIC workforce while they are still in the training programs:
- The government entity model (for government, non-profit and tribal entities).
- The private partnership model.
Contact Us to become a partner. Please select Partnership under Nature of Request.
Second Chance EmployersDo you need call center operators with incredible communication skills, graphic designers with multiple certifications, furniture makers, printing machinery operators, people who can sew, sand, mill, spray, ship, inventory, or even be a leader in your organization? It might be time to consider a different source for your workforce.
Help remove the barriers to success and be a part of the solution for safer communities. Have a direct impact to the hope of those who just need to be given a chance to make it. OCE training programs are filled with people who have made the choice to make a change. They desire a new life, a life they are proud to live and one they can support on their own.
OCE programs are at the forefront of reducing recidivism in Oregon, according to an Oregon Criminal Justice Commission report published in 2017. The re-incarceration recidivism rate in 2021 was 9.9% for AICs with six months of OCE programming. Learn more about the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
Join us in taking a stance on second chance.
How to Hire (OCE/Releasing AICs)Currently, OCE utilizes existing partnerships with organizations for post-release hiring. We are working to formalize and expand our ability to help AICs transition into the community with pre-release job offers.
Contact Us to learn more. Please select Partnership under Nature of Request.
Information for Former AICsAre you a former AIC looking for information related to OCE program participation?
OCE can help you with the following records:
- Performance reviews
- Certification training
- Safety training
- W-2s for participation in PIE certified programs
Please contact the Oregon Department of Corrections for the following information:
- Oregon Trail Card (OTC) information
- Dates assigned to OCE Programs
- Work Skills Certifications
- OCE work experience and training
Studies show having stable employment and a higher-education degree can reduce recidivism. Find more information on higher education after incarceration, including grants and scholarships.