Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP)

Our objective is to to assist formerly incarcerated individuals gain and maintain long term employment utilizing a person first workforce development approach.

Career Coaches work individually with customers to develop an individualized employment plan, provide job retention strategies and placement support that aids customers in obtaining and maintain long-term, career track employment.

Background Information

Funded by City of Portland, Portland Development Commission Economic Opportunity Program for the past three years, the Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP) was developed in 2010 to address the employment needs of ex-offenders. Since 2009-2010, PREP has co-enrollment all PREP customers in WIA. The program offers vocational case management, career and work readiness, job development and support services to 80 individuals. PREP offers ex-offenders universal access and does not impose the restrictive eligibility criteria of DOL ex-offender grants.

Current Program Funding

  • Portland Development Commission has aligned funding with the local Workforce Investment Board.
  • WorkSystems, Inc. now administers the funding in partnership with the City of Portland PDC.

 Outcomes and Success Rates

  • Average Earnings: $12.75/hr
  • Recidivism Rate: 7%

Program Model

Program offerings include:

  • Road to Success transition curriculum (focused on employment, relationships, money management, housing).
  • Career mapping workshop. Developed by Oregon Disability Navigators, this 4-6 hour workshop is excellent in helping individuals recognize strengths and barriers, identify resources, and build a person-centered career plan.
  • WIA-funded American Job Centers to provide access to WIA services and products. We have on site partners (including Oregon Employment Department, Job Corps, Goodwill Industries, etc.), leveraged resources, and wrap-around supports.