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jraknyc

I thought you might find the following information useful. Please share with your readers. Thanks!

In response to the growing use of online and kiosk employment applications, the Offender Workforce Development Division of the National Institute of Corrections has developed simulation software that allows offenders to practice completing an employment application on personal computers that do not have access to the Internet. The software is CD-based and is compatible with the Windows® operating system.

According to John Moore, Chief of the Offender Workforce Development Division of the National Institute of Corrections, "many of the prisoners being released from correctional facilities are ill-prepared to apply for jobs that have an online or kiosk-based employment application owing to their inexperience with computers and the Internet." Moore adds that "most jails and prisons do not allow prisoners to access the Internet, creating a barrier for preparing inmates to compete in today's technologically driven human resources environment."

The software developed by the National Institute of Corrections overcomes this barrier by simulating the experience of completing an online application. The software also educates the user about online applications, provides a printable worksheet that can be used to prepare offenders for completing these applications, and allows the user to print out the entries made during the simulation. Context sensitive help is provided throughout the simulation.

The Online/Kiosk Employment Application Simulation is suitable for corrections, probation, and parole agencies as well as faith-based and community organizations. It is available at no cost from the National Institute of Corrections through the agency's Information Center. To obtain a copy of the software or download it, you may do so on the web by going to http://www.nicic.gov/Library/022996 . You may also obtain a copy by calling the Information Center at 1-800-877-1461 or emailing asknicic@nicic.org. Request item # 022996.

Bronwyn

This looks terrific. I'm going to take a closer look. Thanks so much for the heads up.

Christina

I currently work for a non-profit agency which provides job readiness training to individuals with criminal records. As part of our programming, we are looking to secure a stand alone Kiosk in which clients can practice completing electronic applications (that is not web-based for security purposes). We would also like this device to be able to print out so the Staff person can review the application and provide feedback.
Is anyone aware of something like this that may exist? The issues I keep running into to is 1. no one is willing to sell me a single Kiosk, 2. everything is ran off the internet in some fashion, or 3. we would have to create the software.
This Kiosk would exist in our computer lab which currently runs on a server. Ideally, we would like this to also be on the server so the Administrator (Staff person) could access.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Jennifer Finetti

Our agency, NIA Creative, can create a custom application that can run off your server, no need for it to be web-based. We have worked with workforce investment organizations, schools and government agencies, and also have experience developing kiosk software. If you are interested, you can contact me at jen@niacreative.com.

Bronwyn

Thanks, Jennifer.

Christina, you might also check this suggestion from Larry Butts: http://is.gd/orrj

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