Governor adopts Cephas’ recommendation to enhance Workforce Development Board
PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing Executive Order 2018-04 to enhance workforce development efforts in the commonwealth by adding the Department of Corrections as a member of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (PA WDB).
With the executive order, the WDB also becomes the leading entity for the coordination among the public, private sectors and multiple state agencies to provide the most effective services and job training strategies.
“Finding employment after being incarcerated is an important step in the reintegration process. In fact, lack of employment is still a leading factor in recidivism,” Cephas said. “I’m honored the Governor took my recommendation to include the Department of Corrections on the board to increase access to apprenticeships and job training to help returning citizens get the skills for meaningful employment.”
Cephas has been working with the PA WDB and stakeholders across the commonwealth to build a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals. As a chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee and member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, she has introduced legislation to fix many inefficiencies and inequities of the state’s criminal justice system, focusing on collaboration as a path to create a sustainable reentry process.
“Across the country, the most successful reintegration efforts have been a result of collaboration from all sectors and individuals. Now, with Corrections on board we will be able to get another perspective to create more targeted programs, develop partnerships with federal, state and local resources to build a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for returning citizens –improving job training, placement, and retention.”