Life Beyond Bars

OETA - May 15, 2016

Skills received by offenders behind bars opens doors to new opportunity outside the prison gates.


Recent layoffs in oil, gas industry leads to big crowds at metro job fair 

KOCO – January 18, 2016

Recently laid off oil and gas employees flocked to a metro job fair sponsored by Work Ready Oklahoma in hopes of finding a way to transfer their skills into a new industry.

Bilingual teacher pipeline flowing in OKC district

NewsOK – January 15, 2016

The Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Project pays for paraprofessionals who work for the district to go to college to become certified teachers.

Career ready: offenders complete new welding program 

McAlester News-Capital – September 16, 2015 

Seven offenders at the Oklahoma Community Correction Center (OCCC) recently were part of an inaugural graduate class from the Skills Center Mobile Welding Program. Their recent certification qualifies graduates for immediate employment in the welding industry.

Inmates sing the praises of mobile welding program

NewsOK/The Oklahoman – September 15, 2015

It's a well-known statistic: Offenders who have a good job when they are released are less likely to get into trouble. Unfortunately, many offenders are incarcerated at a time in their lives when they don't have a good job, and don't have the skills to earn a sustainable wage.

Needs and Deeds: Oklahoma City-based It's My Community Initiative

NewsOK/The Oklahoman – May 22, 2015 

It’s My Community Initiative is a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City with a mission of developing and expanding efforts to strengthen communities by building strong, healthy families.

New program working to get more teachers in Oklahoma classrooms

KFOR News Channel 4 – April 23, 2015

With a serious teacher shortage in Oklahoma, solutions are a top priority. One community based group that fights for workforce development has teamed up with the University of Central Oklahoma to get more educators in the classroom.

Obama administration awards $10 million to Oklahoma City nonprofit group

The Oklahoman – October 14, 2014

It’s My Community Initiative, which focuses on helping low-income kids in northeast Oklahoma City, got a $10 million grant for helping long-term unemployed workers.