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Contact Tearicka L. Cradle
Restoration Academy Coordinator
77 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-645-8038
tlcradle@columbus.gov

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OutcomesTHE PROGRAM  Restoration Academy (R.A.) is a rigorous four to six-month work experience program provided by the City of Columbus in partnership with several community organizations and employers. The goal of the academy is to provide restored citizens in Franklin County with paid work experience, on-the-job training, and supportive wrap-around services that will lead to permanent, family-sustaining employment.

Program activities include:▪   Work-readiness/job preparation
▪   Health and wellness attention
▪   Re-entry program services
▪   Specialized/Occupational skills training programs
▪   Internships

PURPOSE
reducing the rate of recidivism
Restoration Academy’s ultimate goal is to help program graduates secure permanent employment with a public or private employer. Through a rigorous selection process, including background checks, drug screenings, and panel interviews, employers can select candidates from among those registered with the program’s partnering agencies.

OUTCOMES 170 participants since the program began in 2012
143 program graduates 
This 84% graduation rate boasts some of the following stats: 
63% private sector
37% public sector
The City of Columbus alone has hired 40 R.A. graduates
$12.50/hr average wage
85% employed (as of December 2015)
0% rate of graduate recidivism
30 total participants projected for 2016 

PARTICIPANT SELECTION CRITERIA
TYPE OF OFFENSE
▪ Non-violent 
▪ Not related to children and/or sexual offenses
▪ Felony offenses only

PAROLE/PROBATIONARY STATUS ▪ Currently serving or completed 
▪ No outstanding warrants
▪ No open court cases

PHYSICAL CONDITION ▪ Use of illegal substances is prohibited (drug test is required and random drug testing throughout program/ employment is possible) 

IDENTIFICATION ▪ Valid driver’s license preferred; state ID accepted 

EDUCATION ▪ High school diploma, or GED (minimum) 

RESIDENCY ▪ Legal residents of Franklin County only 

TIMING PARAMETERS ▪ Reintegrated for a minimum of twelve months
▪ Successful completion of a work-readiness program required for adults

EMPLOYERS
Private Sector •A Redic Consulting •Basic Systems 
•Boar’s Head •CleanTurn
•Core Moldings •COTA
•DHL •Eagle Heating & Cooling
•Eddie Bauer •Family & Friends HHA
•Floor and Décor Outlets of America •Gundenkauf
•K&M Cleaning •L Brands Mast Global
•Lithko Restoration •McDaniels
• NME Builders • Ohio Health
• Paul Davis • PI&I Trucking
• PSC Metal • Ridge Corporation
• Romanoff Electric •Sessley Construction
• Smoot & Simco (S2) •United Way
• Volunteers of America  •Zulily
 
Public Sector • CITY OF COLUMBUS
        Building and Zoning Services
        Citywide Training & Development
        Columbus Public Health 
        Development
        Finance and Management
        Public Safety
        Public Service Department
        Public Utilities Department
        Recreation and Parks
        Technology
•  CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
•   FRANKLIN COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
•   LOCAL UNION 434
•   METRO PARKS

Non-profit Sector •   Alvis 
•   COWIC / OhioMeansJobs
•   Columbus Area Integrated Health Service, Inc.
•   Columbus Urban League
•   Dress for Success Columbus
•   Eckerd Workforce Development formerly Henkels & McCoy
•   IMPACT Community Action

Partners

      YMCA logo       Impact Community Action logo


Eckerd Workforce Development       Columbus Urban League logo       Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers logo


Alvis logo      COWIC logo       Ohio Means Jobs logo      


Franklin County      FCCS logo

Participant Selection Criteria

 

TYPE OF OFFENSE▪ Non-violent
▪ Not related to children and/or sexual offenses
▪ Felony offenses only


PAROLE/ PROBATIONARY STATUS▪ Currently serving or completed
▪ No outstanding warrants
▪ No open court cases


PHYSICAL CONDITION▪ Use of illegal substances is prohibited (drug test is required and random drug testing throughout program/employment is possible)


IDENTIFICATION▪ Valid driver’s license preferred (may be required if selected for City employment); state ID accepted


EDUCATION▪ High school diploma, or GED (minimum)


RESIDENCY▪ Legal residents of Franklin County only


TIMING PARAMETERS▪ Reintegrated for a minimum of twelve months
▪ Successful completion of a work-readiness program required for adult program


HOW TO APPLY

STEP 1
Individuals who meet the aforementioned criteria and have been incarcerated must complete a work-readiness class at one of our partnering agencies listed herein. Applicants who have never been incarcerated should proceed to STEP 2. 

STEP 2 All applicants must register with the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) and OhioMeansJobs (Columbus – Franklin County).

Location:
1111 East Broad Street 
Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

No appointment needed:
Monday - Thursday, 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Let COWIC staff know you would like to apply for the Restoration Academy. (Note: Candidates that make it through to the interviewing process are subject to a drug screen and background check)


WORK-READINESS AGENCIES
These are the recognized work-readiness programs: 

ALVIS
Help In Reentry Employment (HIRE) 
1991 Bryden Road 
Columbus, Ohio 43205 
(614) 252-0660, #0 
HOURS: Thu (day 1), Mon, Tue, 9:00AM - noon 
(assistance provided until employed) 
CONTACT: Randy Baker 

IMPACT Community Action
Employment Plus Program 
700 Bryden Road 
Columbus, Ohio 43205 
(614) 453-1617 
HOURS: Wednesdays (open registration begins at 11:00AM) 
3-Week Training Class 
CONTACT: Luther Tyson 

Columbus Urban League
Transitions 
788 Mount Vernon Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43215 
(614) 257-6300, ext. 197 
HOURS: Monday - Thursday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM (Fridays are by appointment only) 
CONTACT: Larry Thomas 

Eckerd (serving youth 16-24 only) 
80 South Sixth Street 
Columbus, Ohio 43215 
(614) 221-3398 
HOURS: Monday - Friday 
1-Week Training, 9:00AM - 11:30AM 
CONTACT: Toni Dodson