Returning citizens prepare for careers and attain nationally recognized certifications. Graduates are desirable applicants for well-paying commercial HVAC jobs.
Johnson Controls International (JCI), made this programming possible by investing in a $250,000 commercial HVAC lab hosted at the ECA Knight Training Center, and continues ongoing curriculum support and training of ECA’s trainers.
ECA will contract with JEVS to provide case management, employability skills, supportive services required for individuals to assimilate back into society, resume preparation, interviewing skills and job placement. The Executive Director of the Re-entry Services at JEVS, Jeff Abramowitz, works with over 100 Re-entry support organizations and returning citizens helping them navigate their re-integration to society and find their career pathway to success.
Funding evaluation of this partnership’s success as a full cohort of returning citizens move through the 600 hours of technical training in order to pursue jobs will build the case for additional sources of scalable and sustainable funding. This program addresses issues regarding recidivism, the opportunity divide for returning citizens, and diversity in the building trades.