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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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THE 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.

Fast Facts stats box (outcomes spring 2018)OUTCOMES 186 participants since the program began in 2012
159 program graduates
This 85% graduation rate boasts some of the following stats: 
65% private sector
35% public sector
The City of Columbus alone has hired 48 R.A. graduates
$13.91/hr average wage
86% employed (as of December 2017)
0% rate of graduate recidivism
25 total participants projected for 2018

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

SUBSTANCE FREE ▪ 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 • Floor and Décor Outlets of America 
• Franklin International • Gundenkauf
• Hirshvogel • ITC Manufacturing 
• IQOR • K&M Cleaning                               
• L Brands Mast Global • Lithko Restoration
• McDaniels • Niagara Bottling
• NME Builders • Ohio Health
• Paul Davis • PI&I Truc
• PSC Metal • Ridge Corporation
• Romanoff Electric • Sessley Construction
• Smoot & Simco (S2) • Steak and Shake
• Touchstone Hospitality • Twin Valley Behavioral Health
• United Way • Volunteers of America  
• Yenkin Majestic • Zulily 
 
Public Sector

•   CITY OF COLUMBUS
        Building and Zoning Services 
        Citywide Training & Development 
        Civil Service Commission   
        Columbus Public Health  
        Development 
        Finance and Management 
        Public Safety 
        Public Service  
        Public Utilities  
        Recreation and Parks 
        Technology 
•   CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
•   FRANKLIN COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
•   LOCAL UNION 434
•   METRO PARKS

Non-profit Sector 

•   Alvis  
•   OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County
•   Columbus Area Integrated Health Service, Inc. 
•   Columbus Urban League 
•   Dress for Success Columbus 
•   Eckerd Connects (formerly Henkels & McCoy)                 
•   IMPACT Community Action                 
•   Primary One Health
•   Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio  



Partners

            Impact Community Action logo   OhioMeansJobs (CFC) logo


Alvis logoDress for Success logo    WDBCO logo   


  ResCare logo  Columbus Urban League logo  


PrimaryOne Health logo              Franklin County       

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


SUBSTANCE FREE▪ 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 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 ResCare 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 ResCare staff know you would like to apply for the Restoration Academy. (NOTE: Candidates who 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 Connects (serving youth 16-24 only) 
100 Jefferson Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43215 
(614) 221-3398 
HOURS: Monday - Friday,  8:00AM - 4:30PM 
CONTACT: Toni Dodson