Ex-Offender Job Development Series

Who hires ex-offenders?

The truth is that some companies hire many people with a record–people who have the skills and abilities to do the work, even if they have a criminal record. Others may be afraid that people who have criminal records won’t be good workers. In those cases, it’s up to you, the workforce professional, to show them that’s not true.

So, what can you do, as a workforce professional, to improve employment prospects for your client, an ex-offender?

Do you know how to get an ex-offender interview ready?

What are the Green Elements Standards?

How should they talk about their conviction?

What are employer benefits for hiring a worker with a criminal record?

If you don’t know the answers to these and other questions, consider taking our new Ex-Offender Job Development Series.

This series contains lessons allowing you to uncover strategies your client can utilize to overcome employer resistance in hiring individuals with a criminal history. Learn how labeling negatively impacts an individual with a criminal history. Discover how motivational interviewing strategies can assist the client with a criminal history to find his or her voice and the strength to obtain meaningful employment. Help your clients advocate for themselves so they can experience a brighter future. Then put it all together with a summary lesson for next steps in your work with Ex-Offenders.

Check out this free lesson on Putting It All Together.


“The Ex-Offender training I took was immensely helpful! 
Yvonne Lopez, MBA Program Specialist

Yvonne Lopez, MBA
Program Specialist

I gained skills to better provide services to this population.  I also learned about how they think about themselves and how I can help them to change their mindset.  I appreciate how important it is for them to change the way they think about themselves so that they can present themselves with more confidence to potential employers.  I wanted to run out and start informing employers about the importance of being thoughtful in deciding not to hire people with backgrounds to avoid inadvertently violating EEOC requirements.”


Contact us today to learn more at gleisten@dwfs.us or click here to purchase!

Finding Success, One Step at a Time


Michel LoustaunauThroughout this journey called life, I have learned that it is only through hard work and dedication that one’s goals can be achieved. My name is Michel Loustaunau, and I am from Chihuahua, Mexico, a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. I lived there for the first thirteen years of my life. After I obtained my permanent residence, I immigrated to the U.S. and started school. With that first step, many opportunities became available for me.


When I was a senior in high school I remember thinking, What am I going to do during the summer with no work experience? I really wanted a job, but I had no skills; I didn’t even know how to write a resume or fill out a job application.

My second step came after I saw a pamphlet that was promoting a summer program that would help youth 16 to 24 get a job. All I needed to do was show up and be willing to learn, which I did. In 2009 I became part of the youth program which helps young adults gain training, work experience, and skills (among many other things) providing a pathway for self-sufficiency. The case workers at Workforce Solutions Borderplex were extremely kind to me. After asking about my interests and learning that I was majoring in psychology, they prepared me for my first job.

After a couple of years of guidance and support from my family, friends, and my youth case manager, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. This step was a big accomplishment for me and my family, since I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I continued taking advantage of the educational opportunities available to me and started pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and will graduate in the Spring of 2018.

Professionally, I was hired on a permanent basis as a youth case manager after I was no longer part of the program. Today, I continue to work in the youth program as a lead case manager and work with my mentor and friend, who was once my own youth case manager. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities the workforce system has provided me, including giving me the chance to fulfill my dream of working with those in need. Now I’m able to help youth reach their own dreams no matter how big they are.

Success only takes effort, serenity, responsibility and a positive attitude. In life no matter how difficult a situation might seem nothing is impossible if you got the courage to fight for what you want. And remember to take that first step.