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Prisoner Reentry

Missouri Reentry Conference Announces 2016 Presentations

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Don't miss early bird registration for the 2016 Missouri Reentry Conference. The annual event offers inspiring keynote and in-depth breakout training sessions.
Overview:
-November 16-18, 2016
-Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO
-Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the nationally acclaimed work of Missouri's Reentry Process (MRP) Teams
-7 general sessions, 24 breakout sessions
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Hosted by Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Family and Community Trust, and ARCHS
Registration and session information!

Culinary Arts Program Graduates 12

ARCHS' Culinary Arts Program graduated 12 female ex-offenders on June 25, after they completed an eight-week class at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park. ARCHS' program has prepared the female participants for access to traditionally male career paths such as chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more in the culinary field.  Good jobs that pay a living wage can stabilize families.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, women ex-offenders are more likely to live with their minor children than men and the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men.

Women in the program are currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County.

Their academic culinary training has led to certification with the National Restaurant Association for 100% of the graduates. Plus 50% of the graduates have already earned the more rigorous "ServSafe" certification. All of the graduates are eligible to continue their career studies at the college in the fall semester or whenever they so choose. 

Read more: Culinary Arts Program Graduates 12 

ARCHS' Culinary Institute Cooks Up New Direction for Female Ex-Offenders

ARCHS' Culinary Training Institute graduated 14 female ex-offenders on July 1, 2014, after they completed an eight-week class at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Participants in the program are currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County. Through the ARCHS' program, they received academic culinary training leading to "ServSafe" certification. They will also receive job training from St. Louis Community College and job placement, wrap around social services support, and life skills preparation from Employment Connection.

"I've learned my lesson, but because of my past, I've been working dead-end jobs and I'm ready for my life to go on," said Matika Kelley. "The Institute is opening up a lot of doors for me, and I feel like the chain and ball have been taken off of me. I'm tired of being condemned for something I did several years ago, and this opportunity will let me show what I'm all about."

The program will allow participants access to career paths as a chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more in the culinary field. According to a National Institute of Corrections Report, the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men

Read more: ARCHS' Culinary Institute Cooks Up New Direction for Female Ex-Offenders

Video: ARCHS' Culinary Arts Program for Female Ex-Offenders



Check out a short video highlighting 12 female ex-offenders who graduated from ARCHS' Culinary Arts Program this summer, after they completed an eight-week class at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park.

Participants in the program are currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County. They received academic culinary training leading to "ServSafe" certification. They will also receive job training and placement, wrap around social services support, and life skills preparation from Employment Connection.

ARCHS' program will allow female participants access to traditionally male career paths such as chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more in the culinary field. According to a National Institute of Corrections Report, the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men.