County opens "Pre-release" Employment Center


Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22035-1102

July 16, 2008

County opens “pre-release” employment center July 30

Local law enforcement and regional and state workforce and economic development officials are launching an innovative effort to provide comprehensive employment and training services to offenders preparing to return to the community after release from jail.

The opening of the new SkillSource One-Stop Employment Center in the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Pre-Release Center will be celebrated Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m.
 

Question Answer
What:  Grand Opening of new SkillSource - Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office   Pre-Release Employment Center
 
When:  Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m.
 
Where:  Fairfax County Pre-Release Center
10520B Judicial Drive, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA  22030
Parking is available in the public parking garage on Page Avenue.
 
Who: Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s Special Advisor for Workforce Danny LeBlanc, SkillSource Board Chairman John Ritzert and Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board Chairman Michael Zeiders will officially open the new center.


Background:
The new pre-release employment center is a collaborative initiative involving Fairfax County law enforcement and human services officials and the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. Initial funding came from a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Office for Workforce Development and the Virginia Workforce Council to the SkillSource Group Inc., the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. The county’s Department of Family Services operates the center under contract.

In addition to providing basic and comprehensive employment and training services, the center will help those preparing to leave jail connect with local employers, who will be able to meet, interview and hire job seekers prior to their release. SkillSource center staff will work with employers to coordinate supportive services, assist with employee bonding, and provide other employment-related assistance. The goal of the center is to improve chances for a successful transition and reduce chances of recidivism.  

The Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board represents more than 20,000 businesses and over 1.8 million residents within the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. For information on the Northern Virginia Workforce Board and the SkillSource Group, Inc., visit online at www.myskillsource.org.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information about accommodations, or to request this information in an alternate format, contact Belinda Buescher with Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services at 703-324-7758, TTY 703-222-9452, or by e-mail: Belinda.Buescher@fairfaxcounty.gov


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