Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

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Hiring people who have been incarcerated can be an enriching practice for many organizations. Employers who have hired this talent pool find them loyal, eager to work, and able to contribute to a thriving culture. 

To some, hiring people who have been imprisoned may feel daunting or threatening, but employers who make pathways for inclusive hiring of people who have paid their debt experience many positive benefits from the experience.

In collaboration with TalentFirst and sponsored by the Michigan Department of Corrections, Calvin University offers a short, online course to equip organizations with an interest in providing second chance jobs, covering the following topics:

  • Understanding the Criminal Justice System
  • Hiring Considerations
  • Accessing Supports and Services
  • Creating a Flourishing Culture

Those who complete the course will receive both a digital badge and, if desired, SHRM continuing education credits. Online course completers will also be invited to attend an in-person workshop to interact with other employers who are hiring previously incarcerated individuals, brainstorm ideas, refine plans, and network.

Learn more by requesting information below. We will reach out with details. Contact Abbie Lipsker, director of continuing studies, with questions at abbie.lipsker@calvin.edu.

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Did you know?

Calvin offers a Christian liberal arts education to inmates at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, MI. This five-year program, called the Calvin Prison Initiative (CPI), results in a bachelor of arts degree from Calvin University. CPI brings hope, dignity, and the opportunity for real accomplishment. Learn more about CPI.


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