Work And Gain Education & Employment Skills Project (WAGEES) is a new community re-entry program created by the Colorado General Assembly as part of House Bill 14-1355. The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition advocated for this program that partners Colorado Department of Corrections with faith and community-based organization to improve the employment prospects of people recently released from prison.
This parole-referral program will increase the employment rate of parolees, increase the rate at which participants receive high school diplomas (or equivalent or industry-recognized credentials) and increase the rate at which participants enter post-secondary education and long– term vocational training.
The goal is to facilitate successful re-entry and decrease the recidivism rate of medium to high-risk parolees.
Christlife Ministries is a sub-grantee of Latino Coalition for Community Leadership.
This program is offered at both Christlife Ministries Pueblo and Colorado Springs locations.
For information about all WAGEES Community Partners throughout Colorado, please refer to the link below.
WAGEES aims to empower participants to succeed in life as well as in the workplace. Career assessment and development, computer skills training, work readiness training help us create entrepreneurs who understand what it means to own and operate a business
Services provided under the WAGEES grant include:
- Secondary Education
- Vocational Education
- Work Tools
- Work Clothing
- Birth Certificates
- ID/Driver’s License
- Transportation Assistance
- Employment Incentives
- Living Skills
- Computer Skills
Work Readiness classes are available at the office. Career Assessment, Resume, Interviewing Skills, and Job Leads. The cost is $175 (intake and all classes). * These classes alternate and take place on Mondays at 9:30a at the Pueblo Office and Tuesdays at 2:00p at the Colorado Springs Office. Computer lab access is included in the cost of all classes. Class size is limited to 10.
Life Skills Classes are available at the office. Life Plan, Budgeting, Soft Skills and Basic Computer Literacy Skills. The cost is $175 (intake and all classes). * Life Plan and Budgeting take place on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays at 1:30p at the Pueblo Office and the 3rd and 4th Thursdays at 1:00p at the Colorado Springs Office. Computer lab access is included in the cost of all classes. Class size is limited to 10.
*All classes are free for WAGEES Clients