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Preparing for successful community re-entry

An employer attended a career resource seminar held last spring at Buckingham Correctional Center. Impressed by the offenders he met, Personnel Director Casey Carwile of Design Electric in Charlottesville asked if he could return at a later date to learn more about the electricians course being offered at the facility.

Carwile returned in July to visit Instructor Brian Sykes’ class. The students displayed their hands-on projects and Carwile tested their knowledge of theory and electrical code. Afterward, Carwile conducted mock interviews with the students, all of whom plan to return to their communities in the next 12 months to two years. The entire class observed and analyzed the interviews, getting a glimpse of what an actual employer may be searching for when hiring an electrician.

“Everyone enjoyed Mr. Carwile’s visit, and I think he enjoyed it as well,” said Sykes. “We are working to get more events like these organized to help returning citizens re-enter their communities successfully.”