Enterprise Development

Phone:

614-387-1137

Mission:

The mission for the Office of Enterprise Development is to reduce the idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate jobs.  Our office will work in collaboration with the Department of Development, Ohio Penal Industries, Research, Information and Technology and Education. 

The Office of Enterprise Development will create partnerships and business opportunities with the public and private sector.  The end result is to reduce recidivism rates and successfully reintegrate ex-offenders into society through career and employment opportunities.

The Office of Enterprise Development is seeking to partner with your business in order to further our mission of successful offender reentry.  In fiscal year 2013, over 21,000 offenders were released from prison back into our communities. It would stand to reason that by giving these returning citizens practical job skills, they will be less likely to return to a criminal lifestyle.  We would enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with your business in not only making Ohio's communities a safe place to live, but to also create jobs and help our communities thrive.

Guiding Principles for Business Partnerships with the Office of Enterprise Development

  • Reduce recidivism through training and employment opportunities;
  • Significantly increase offender jobs at OPI through business partnerships;
  • Increase apprenticeship and education opportunities;
  • Work within the confines of available space;
  • Maintain existing jobs for Ohioans;
  • Transparency is a priority;
  • No tax dollars will be used for business partnership projects; and
  • No products will be sold across state lines

OED Advisory Board Approved Programs:

  • CDL Programs - Two hundred offenders have successfully completed the program and several are currently working in the transportation industry.
  • OH MFG!! - Two hundred offenders are currently being screened to be in the program.
  • Coffee Barista Training - Barista training has had three classes completed thus far with a total of 42 graduates. This program has expanded to two additional facilities (FMC & LoCI).
  • Fish Farming - The fish program has had 35 offenders complete the program.
  • Computer Demanufacturing - This program has trained 35 offenders in recycling computers.
  • Union Supply - This program continuously employees 20 inmates at the Union Supply warehouse. Fifty offenders have completed the training program. Union Supply has hired 2 former offenders after they were released and plan to hire more upon their release.
  • Jmax Construction - Will have 12 offenders in each class. Company conducts monthly interviews with offenders for consideration for hire upon their release.
  • Specialized welding - Sixty offenders have successfully completed the program.
  • Dick Masheter Ford - Company has hired several offenders after release and conducts training with offenders to prepare them for employment.
  • Habitat for Humanity - One hundred offenders have participated in the program.

Partnership Opportunities

We are soliciting business from all areas.  If you are interested, please contact William Eleby, Administrator, at 614-387-1137, or submit a program proposal to William Eleby.

OED Advisory Board

Background

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) created the Office of Enterprise Development (OED) to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate training programs and increasing the number of jobs for inmates while incarcerated and post release. The key goal is to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses and to utilize their expertise to develop training for inmates in transferrable job skills and provide job opportunities for inmates upon release.

OED Advisory Board's Purpose

The OED Advisory Board will serve as an objective review and approval body for business proposals submitted to OED.  ODRC staff will complete the initial screening of the proposal to ensure it is a viable venture to pursue.  ODRC staff may research the company and set up interviews with representatives from the company to assist in the decision to move the proposal to the next level of screening.  If approved, the ODRC staff will submit the proposal to the Advisory Board that will meet and conduct the final vetting of the proposal to ensure it meets the guidelines set forth in the attached check list. The Advisory Board will make the final determination regarding whether or not to pursue full implementation of each project.

OED Advisory Board Membership

  • William Eleby, Administrator, Office of Enterprise Development, ODRC, Advisory Board Chair

  • Todd Cordial, Assistant Chief, Ohio Penal Industries, ODRC

  • Kevin Stockdale, Deputy Director, Office of Administration, ODRC

  • Denise Justice, Superintendent, Ohio Central School System (ODRC)

  • Mike Davis, Chief, Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development

  • Sheri Duffey, Chief, Ohio Penal Industries

  • Adam Jackson, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee

  • Chris Ferruso, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses

  • Lois Hochstetler, Vice President, Agency Programs, Alvis House

  • Michael Evans, Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation

  • Don Boyd, Director, Labor and Legal Affairs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce

  • John Rush, President and CEO of Clean Turn

  • John Trott, Area 7 Workforce

  • Randy Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce

  • Roberta Banks, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Programs

Commercial Drivers License Program

Background

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) created the Office of Enterprise Development (OED) to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate training programs and increasing the number of jobs for inmates while incarcerated and post release. The key goal is to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses and to utilize their expertise to develop training for inmates in transferrable job skills and provide job opportunities for inmates upon release.

 OED Advisory Board's Purpose

The OED Advisory Board will serve as an objective review and approval body for business proposals submitted to OED.  ODRC staff will complete the initial screening of the proposal to ensure it is a viable venture to pursue.  ODRC staff may research the company and set up interviews with representatives from the company to assist in the decision to move the proposal to the next level of screening.  If approved, the ODRC staff will submit the proposal to the Advisory Board that will meet and conduct the final vetting of the proposal to ensure it meets the guidelines set forth in the attached check list. The Advisory Board will make the final determination regarding whether or not to pursue full implementation of each project.

OED Advisory Board Membership

  • William Eleby, Administrator, Office of Enterprise Development, ODRC, Advisory Board Chair
  • Todd Cordial, Assistant Chief, Ohio Penal Industries, ODRC
  • Kevin Stockdale, Deputy Director, Office of Administration, ODRC
  • Denise Justice, Superintendent, Ohio Central School System (ODRC)
  • Mike Davis, Chief, Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development
  • Sheri Duffey, Chief, Ohio Penal Industries
  • Adam Jackson, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee
  • Chris Ferruso, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Lois Hochstetler, Vice President, Agency Programs, Alvis House
  • Michael Evans, Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Don Boyd, Director, Labor and Legal Affairs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • John Rush, President and CEO of Clean Turn
  • John Trott, Area 7 Workforce
  • Randy Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
  • Roberta Banks, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Background

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) created the Office of Enterprise Development (OED) to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate training programs and increasing the number of jobs for inmates while incarcerated and post release. The key goal is to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses and to utilize their expertise to develop training for inmates in transferrable job skills and provide job opportunities for inmates upon release.

 OED Advisory Board's Purpose

The OED Advisory Board will serve as an objective review and approval body for business proposals submitted to OED.  ODRC staff will complete the initial screening of the proposal to ensure it is a viable venture to pursue.  ODRC staff may research the company and set up interviews with representatives from the company to assist in the decision to move the proposal to the next level of screening.  If approved, the ODRC staff will submit the proposal to the Advisory Board that will meet and conduct the final vetting of the proposal to ensure it meets the guidelines set forth in the attached check list. The Advisory Board will make the final determination regarding whether or not to pursue full implementation of each project.

OED Advisory Board Membership

  • William Eleby, Administrator, Office of Enterprise Development, ODRC, Advisory Board Chair
  • Todd Cordial, Assistant Chief, Ohio Penal Industries, ODRC
  • Kevin Stockdale, Deputy Director, Office of Administration, ODRC
  • Denise Justice, Superintendent, Ohio Central School System (ODRC)
  • Mike Davis, Chief, Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development
  • Sheri Duffey, Chief, Ohio Penal Industries
  • Adam Jackson, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee
  • Chris Ferruso, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Lois Hochstetler, Vice President, Agency Programs, Alvis House
  • Michael Evans, Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Don Boyd, Director, Labor and Legal Affairs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • John Rush, President and CEO of Clean Turn
  • John Trott, Area 7 Workforce
  • Randy Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
  • Roberta Banks, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Background

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) created the Office of Enterprise Development (OED) to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate training programs and increasing the number of jobs for inmates while incarcerated and post release. The key goal is to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses and to utilize their expertise to develop training for inmates in transferrable job skills and provide job opportunities for inmates upon release.

 OED Advisory Board's Purpose

The OED Advisory Board will serve as an objective review and approval body for business proposals submitted to OED.  ODRC staff will complete the initial screening of the proposal to ensure it is a viable venture to pursue.  ODRC staff may research the company and set up interviews with representatives from the company to assist in the decision to move the proposal to the next level of screening.  If approved, the ODRC staff will submit the proposal to the Advisory Board that will meet and conduct the final vetting of the proposal to ensure it meets the guidelines set forth in the attached check list. The Advisory Board will make the final determination regarding whether or not to pursue full implementation of each project.

OED Advisory Board Membership

  • William Eleby, Administrator, Office of Enterprise Development, ODRC, Advisory Board Chair
  • Todd Cordial, Assistant Chief, Ohio Penal Industries, ODRC
  • Kevin Stockdale, Deputy Director, Office of Administration, ODRC
  • Denise Justice, Superintendent, Ohio Central School System (ODRC)
  • Mike Davis, Chief, Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development
  • Sheri Duffey, Chief, Ohio Penal Industries
  • Adam Jackson, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee
  • Chris Ferruso, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Lois Hochstetler, Vice President, Agency Programs, Alvis House
  • Michael Evans, Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Don Boyd, Director, Labor and Legal Affairs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • John Rush, President and CEO of Clean Turn
  • John Trott, Area 7 Workforce
  • Randy Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
  • Roberta Banks, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Background

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) created the Office of Enterprise Development (OED) to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of inmate training programs and increasing the number of jobs for inmates while incarcerated and post release. The key goal is to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses and to utilize their expertise to develop training for inmates in transferrable job skills and provide job opportunities for inmates upon release.

 OED Advisory Board's Purpose

The OED Advisory Board will serve as an objective review and approval body for business proposals submitted to OED.  ODRC staff will complete the initial screening of the proposal to ensure it is a viable venture to pursue.  ODRC staff may research the company and set up interviews with representatives from the company to assist in the decision to move the proposal to the next level of screening.  If approved, the ODRC staff will submit the proposal to the Advisory Board that will meet and conduct the final vetting of the proposal to ensure it meets the guidelines set forth in the attached check list. The Advisory Board will make the final determination regarding whether or not to pursue full implementation of each project.

OED Advisory Board Membership

  • William Eleby, Administrator, Office of Enterprise Development, ODRC, Advisory Board Chair
  • Todd Cordial, Assistant Chief, Ohio Penal Industries, ODRC
  • Kevin Stockdale, Deputy Director, Office of Administration, ODRC
  • Denise Justice, Superintendent, Ohio Central School System (ODRC)
  • Mike Davis, Chief, Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development
  • Sheri Duffey, Chief, Ohio Penal Industries
  • Adam Jackson, Correctional Institution Inspection Committee
  • Chris Ferruso, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Lois Hochstetler, Vice President, Agency Programs, Alvis House
  • Michael Evans, Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation
  • Don Boyd, Director, Labor and Legal Affairs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • John Rush, President and CEO of Clean Turn
  • John Trott, Area 7 Workforce
  • Randy Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
  • Roberta Banks, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The goal of the Commercial Driver’s License Program (CDL) is to reduce recidivism and increase successful reentry into society by assisting ex –offenders to find gainful employment upon their release from prison.

There are approximately 3 million professional truck drivers in the United States. In addition, jobs in the truck driving field are anticipated to grow 11% through 2022. Currently, there is an estimated 200,000 commercial driving jobs available nationwide. Recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor indicate that Ohio employs over 65,000 truck drivers who average an annual salary of $39,000. These statistical facts demonstrate that the CDL program is a great employment opportunity for ex-offenders. The Office of Enterprise Development (OED) has partnered with several stakeholders to create a program to prepare inmates for CDL testing, to include permit and licensure. Once an inmate receives his CDL and is released from prison he has potential employment with a trucking company.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), Ohio Central School System, the Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ridge Project, a non-profit organization, launched the CDL Program in March 2013. DRC staff assists in preparing inmates for CDL permit testing through career enhancement self-guided study; inmates who participate in the training receive earned credit for productive program participation. Inmates are prepared for CDL testing by Trainco, Inc., a professional truck driving company. PI&I Motor Express, a trucking company located in Masury, Ohio, offers employment opportunities to ex-offenders who successfully obtain their CDL.

Program Qualifications

Qualifications for entrance into the CDL program are:

  • Inmates who are within 3-12 months of release
  • Inmates who are eligible for community release
  • Inmates who have not have been convicted of any of the following: Physical crimes against children, sexual offenses
  • Inmates with multiple incarcerations are only eligible upon recommendation by the OED Administrator

Tyros Welding Program

The Tyros Welding Program is a collaborative between the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), Zane State College and the RIDGE Project.

The program is open to qualified applicants with a maximum annual enrollment of 36 participants. The program is a ten week module that will be scheduled three times per year. Each classroom session is limited to 12 students. All classroom curriculum and instruction is developed Zane State College. Instructors for each class are provided by Zane State College. Inmates enrolled in the Tyros Welding Program receive earned credit for productive program participation.

Program Qualifications

  • Qualifications for entrance into the Tyros Welding Program are as listed below:
  • Must have an 8th grade or above reading level.
  • High school diploma or GED not required. However, participants must enroll in a GED class upon completion of the program if applicable.
  • Must have completed Tyros Dads program after 10-11-11 or currently enrolled in the program.
  • Expected release date is within 12 months of program completion.
  • No segregation placement within the past 12 months.
  • No STG Affiliation.

Tyros Welding Program Statics

The Tyros Welding Program is offered at the Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville, Ohio. To date, there are 12 inmates enrolled in the program, and 22 have successfully completed.

RET3 Job Corp, Inc.

RET3 is a non-profit agency dedicated to the environmentally friendly disposal of end-of-life electronic equipment. A unique combination of state-of-the-art remanufacturing, reuse and recycling techniques provides for the efficient and cost-effective disposal of electronic waste.

The RET3 Job Corp Training Program provides training and the opportunity for certification in the following Information Technology (IT) fields:

  • CompTIA A+: Covers preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication and professionalism.
  • CompTIA CDIA+: Covers the knowledge and skills needed in the document imaging sales field, including planning, designing and specifying a document imaging management system.
  • CompTIA Cloud+: Covers standard methodology required to securely implement and maintain cloud technologies.

Program Qualifications

  • There will be a maximum of 20 offenders.
  • 8 long-term offenders who will be functioning as trainers and the program core for sustainability purposes.
  • 12 short-term goal oriented younger offenders who have chosen IT as their career path. · Must be a resident of Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) for 6 months
  • Must be 6 months RIB ticket free.
  • One year free of local control placement.
  • One year free of rules violation 1-7; 11; 12; 15; 19; 25.
  • Two year free of rules violation 39; 41; 43.
  • Must not have any restrictions to work on computers (screened by the Infrastructure Specialist).
  • Interview by MCI Green Initiative Senior Staff Advisor and the MCI Infrastructure Specialist.

The RET3 Job Corp Training Program is offered at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.

Legacy Polymers and Recycling

Legacy Polymers and Recycling is a one-stop recycling solution provider for sustainable waste and recycling solutions. In partnership with the “Green Initiative” at Marion Correctional Institution, plastic, cardboard, paper, wood, plastic pipe, metal, uncured rubber, electronic waste and any other materials deemed unusable are recycled to reduce what ends up in landfills. Inmates manually sort and process clean recyclables in order to sustain the recycling program and reduce waste at the institution, while generating revenue that is reinvested in other green initiatives.

Program Qualifications

  • There will be a maximum of 20 offenders.
  • 8 long-term offenders who will be functioning as trainers and the program core for sustainability purposes.
  • 12 short-term goal oriented younger offenders who have chosen IT as their career path.
  • Must be a resident of Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) for 6 months
  • Must be 6 months RIB ticket free.
  • One year free of local control placement.
  • One year free of rules violation 1-7; 11; 12; 15; 19; 25.
  • Two year free of rules violation 39; 41; 43.
  • Must not have any restrictions to work on computers (screened by the Infrastructure Specialist).
  • Interview by MCI Green Initiative Senior Staff Advisor and the MCI Infrastructure Specialist. 

The Legacy Polymers and Recycling program is offered at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.