It was almost as if reentrants got to have a look at their futures as SCI Muncy held its Annual 2018 Career Fair Sept. 21.
More than 30 professionals came to SCI Muncy to share their work and life experiences as part of the annual Career Fair.
"We want reentrants to be both informed and confident as they leave Muncy and return to their communities," said Reentry Services Coordinator Troy Edwards. "The Career Fair brings so many people from diverse professional backgrounds, so reentrants have the chance to explore their interests and needs during one exciting day. The better a reentrant knows what they need, the better support we can offer as they begin to approach the end of their time at Muncy."
Hundreds of reentrants were in attendance to get some facetime with Muncy's regional reentry administrator, career pathways program manager, parole manager, CareerLink, OVR, HOPE Enterprises, Berks County Reentry, employers, community stakeholders, transitional housing representatives, workforce development professionals and many more. It's a personal and direct way for reentrants to seek guidance as they continue their path to reentry and a new beginning.
Reentrants can often feel overwhelmed with the pressure of departure and the Career Fair is a great chance to ask questions and use the day to develop a comprehensive pathway to success. "I think Muncy's Career Fair is absolutely wonderful because you gain a lot of knowledge that you wouldn't otherwise acquire, learn things that you wouldn't otherwise have thought of, and most importantly make 'real' community connections in preparation of reentering society," said one reentry career fair participant.
"It helps to create a successful reentry plan, get into the workplace, and provides strategies to remain successful. I learned a lot from this experience and from everyone that was present, thank you!"
"The career fair is a great time to talk to a lot of different providers," said another reentrant participant. "They help you realize there's a lot of different options out there. I think it is a wonderful effort by our Facility to connect reentrants with potential employers and give them that opportunity to get face-to-face connection with them, which I think often, is really important. It's a lot more difficult to make an impression over an online application or introduction than it is with someone face to face and this is our opportunity to do just that! I want to thank SCI-Muncy and reentry for providing us this opportunity!"