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School To Work Program Information
Oregon Department of Corrections
School to Work: 
Career Related Learning Programs
A Message to Counselors/Teachers
    You are an extremely important link in these students’ transition into the workforce.  Our nation cannot afford to let our students float through school.  If we help students become more aware of their future and help them see that their dreams are achievable, we can help them get the most out of their education and help them meet their incredible potential!
    Not every student is going to understand the importance of the message being told to him or her.  With your help though, we can make sure that they are given a chance to achieve their goals and help keep our nation competitive in the global marketplace.

School-to-Work is about helping all young people:
  • understand the changing worlds of work that faces them;
  • widen occupational horizons by investigating many options;
  • attain valuable skills they’ll need to survive in a rapidly-changing labor market;
  • learn and value academic subjects;
  • relate schooling to the world of work and life;
  • make wise choices;
  • see clear paths to their futures;
  • feel good about themselves and achieve success as they define it.
The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) is very supportive of School-to Work and would like to share our career choices for your students’ consideration.  Students who participate in Job Shadow assignments within our department are likely to come in contact with inmates.  Students are always accompanied and supervised by an experienced department professional.  We want to ensure students have a safe and meaningful career-related learning experience.  Job Shadow assignments within prisons will be limited to areas that have a minimum security level.
About ODOC
  The department is implementing a systematic approach to developing safe and secure prisons, developing a productive inmate workforce within the prisons, and providing essential treatments, education, and workforce skills for their transition into Oregon society.

All department employees are responsible for upholding the mission of ODOC by promoting public safety, holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.  Staff interactions with inmates on a daily basis are, by far, the most powerful tool to reinforce pro-social behavior.  Thus, the nature of interactions with inmates is core to the ultimate success of corrections and community safety.  Each employee must be able to acknowledge that everyone is capable of positive change, is expected to model appropriate pro-social behavior, and actively support positive change in individual offenders.

    Take a look at the varied employment opportunities within our department.  If you have a student who has an interest in a career in corrections and requires some form of work-based learning, complete the ‘Student Placement Form” and email it to rhonda.crawford@doc.state.or.us
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