MCTC to Host Workforce Re-Entry Simulation
February 28, 2020
by Brady Shultz
Maysville, KY – The Workforce Solutions Department and Office of Cultural Diversity at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) are partnering with the Kentucky Department of Corrections to host a workforce re-entry simulation event on Tuesday, March 3 at the Mason County Schools STEAM Academy in Maysville.
The purpose of the re-entry simulation is to provide local employers, community leaders, corrections officers and educators a better understanding of the struggles parolees experience and the limited resources available to them upon release.
The event is structured in a way that places all attendees into the perspective of parolees by having them follow instructions listing weekly tasks they must complete. Participants visit stations located throughout the event space that represent various organizations that a recent parolee might expect to encounter. Courts, probation and parole offices, banks, plasma donation centers, counseling services and others are among the stations represented.
Participants must navigate the system with very little resources, with only fifteen minutes representing a full week to complete tasks. Failure to meet the requirements such as reporting timely to probation and parole representatives, and attending required support meetings can result in the attendees being sent to (simulated) jail.
“The Re-Entry Simulation will provide community members and employer partners the opportunity to see first-hand many of the barriers that Returning Citizens encounter when they’re seeking employment,” says Brittany Corde, MCTC Director of Workforce Solutions.
Corde also added, “We’re hopeful that this event will provoke much-needed conversation around the issues of second chance employment and the benefits these opportunities provide to not only job seekers, but our region as a whole.”
The event will consist of two identical sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will last approximately an hour and a half.
A lunch program will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will feature Ashley McCarty from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center. Who shares her personal experiences and a better understanding of how Substance Abuse Disorder could be impacting the current workforce.
If you or your business or organization can benefit from the lessons of this program, positions in both sessions are still available.
For any questions or additional information please contact 606-759-7141 ext. 66120