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FAQs for Participants

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What is CEO?
What kind of long term jobs does CEO provide?
Why don’t we use the term ex-offender?
How do you recruit program participants?
What does a CEO participant experience from start to finish?
Are there any fees for services?
How quickly will I get a job?
What if CEO appointments conflict with appointments with my P.O or any other programs mandated by parole?
If I join CEO, am I still eligible to receive benefits and other public assistance?
What happens if I miss one day of Life Skills class?
What kind of jobs are available at Transitional Job sites and what are the tasks involved?
Where are the TJ sites?
Will I be able to pick my own Transitional Job sites?
How can I get to the TJ sites?
When would I receive my first paycheck from Transitional Job sites?
Does CEO offer other services?
If I am laid-off from my full-time job, can I come back to CEO?

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At CEO Academy, can I earn more than one trade certificate?
I am interested in CEO Academy! How do I enroll?

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What is CEO?

CEO offers employment services to clients at their most vulnerable point – when they are first released from incarceration. By putting people to work, CEO is offering the foundation needed to address the complicated issues that arise from re-entry. After placing participants in transitional work, CEO then works with them to find long-term employment.

What kind of long term jobs does CEO provide?

In New York City and upstate New York, CEO has made a large percentage of placements in the service and retail sectors. The exception is Buffalo, where the lionshare of placements have been in warehousing, construction and light industry.

Why don’t we use the term ex-offender?

At CEO, we believe that words matter, especially when it comes to how we talk about people. Sometimes people describe CEO’s clients using words like: ex-cons, convicts, ex-inmates, ex-offenders, felons, or ex-prisoners. At CEO we believe that although our participants have a criminal conviction, it shouldn’t define who they are and that they should be able to move forward positively in their lives. As an alternative, we suggest people use words like “formerly incarcerated individual,” or something similar, to describe someone who has returned home from prison.

How do you recruit program participants?

We recruit program participants through referrals from parole and probation officers, as well as community based organizations.

What does a CEO participant experience from start to finish?

During the first week at CEO, you will participate in Life Skills Education (LSE) for five days in New York City (four days in our other offices). Throughout that week until graduation, you work in a classroom setting to develop skills necessary to level the playing field for your job search in a highly competitive market. Applications, mock interviews, proper attire, answering the conviction question, resume development, and presentation skills are some of the things that will be covered.

Following this, you can expect up to four days of work on our transitional worksites. These sites are located at various colleges, court buildings, city office buildings, highways and NYCHA locations around the five boroughs. For each day you work, you are paid.

The day you do not work on a worksite, or the day after for those who worked on a night site, are dedicated for job search days when you meet with a Job Developer or Job Coach. During this phase, you are assessed for Job Start Readiness (JSR). Once you are JSR, you are sent for job interviews with prospective employers.

Upon successfully being hired in a full-time job, you enter the next phase, Job Retention. For one year a Retention Specialist supports you to stay employed, and provides monthly incentives valued up to $1,000! (Rules, limitations and eligibility requirements may apply.)

We also provide new career opportunities for participants who have gained employment and wish to learn a trade in the electrical, plumbing or carpentry fields. At the CEO Academy there are classes in the skilled trades. These classes are conducted in the evenings and on weekends.

Are there any fees for services?

There are no fees for CEO participants!

How quickly will I get a job?

It depends on your efforts; however, in NYC over the last 2 years participants have been averaging 23 business days on a Transitional Job crew before finding a full-time job.

What if CEO appointments conflict with appointments with my P.O or any other programs mandated by parole?

Generally, your JD and/or JC may contact your PO to discuss scheduling conflicts if those conflicts are preventing you from starting a full-time job outside of CEO. While you are attending CEO and looking for a full-time job, your Job Coach and/or Job Developer will help you to develop an attendance schedule that works for you.

If I join CEO, am I still eligible to receive benefits and other public assistance?

The wages you receive at CEO will not disqualify you from receiving Food Stamps and/or Medicaid if you are otherwise eligible. Due to CEO’s time commitment and the income received from transitional work, participants may experience problems with their cash and/or rent assistance. Therefore, it is not guaranteed that CEO participants will qualify to receive cash and/or rent assistance. CEO does not report participants’ income to HRA. However, CEO reports all income earned to the IRS and HRA has the ability to search these records. Participants experiencing issues with their benefits may contact the Single Stop department for more assistance.

What happens if I miss one day of Life Skills class?

If you miss one day of class at CEO, you will have to start the class over again.

What kinds of jobs are available at Transitional Job sites and what are the tasks involved?

Grounds keeping, custodial and maintenance, working with the building and ground crews (for example, raking leaves), stripping and buffing floors (court houses), emptying out trash cans, etc.

For more information please click here.

Where are the TJ sites?

In NYC, all throughout the five boroughs, for both day and night shifts. Upstate, Tulsa and California locations are also close to the CEO offices.

Will I be able to pick my own Transitional Job sites?

That depends on the availability of sites when you call. We usually try to offer you sites within your own borough or a borough near you.

How can I get to the TJ sites?

You can always call Data’s Direct Line to get directions to any TJ site, which are usually easy to reach via public transit. Directions are also listed in your Passport to Success (PTS) book. For certain sites CEO provides a hub—a meeting spot for CEO participants where a van will pick you up and bring you to the site.

When would I receive my first paycheck from Transitional Job sites?

If you work a day site, you will get paid that day. If you work a night site, you will get paid the next day.

Does CEO offer other services?

In NYC we also have programs for parents. Please click here for more information. Participants may also take advantage of Single Stop, for help navigating the public benefits system and other services to help break down the barriers to employment.

If I am laid-off from my full-time job, can I come back to CEO?

All participants are allowed to reapply for CEO. To ensure the best chances for reinstatement, it is advised to get in contact with CEO immediately after job termination. You can contact a JC, JD or retention specialist for help.

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What trades can I earn certificates in?

Currently the CEO Academy offers certificates in the plumbing, electrical and carpentry trades.

At CEO Academy, can I earn more than one trade certificate?

Yes, it is possible to earn more than one certification, but you must concentrate on one trade at a time.

I am interested in CEO Academy! How do I enroll?

First, you should make sure you have the proper qualifications to enroll: You must be able to demonstrate that you have been working an unsubsidized job for at least 90 days by providing a pay stub.  You have to pass a reading and math test at or above 7.6 grade level.  More importantly, you must be legally eligible to work in the US and you have to be able to make an eight-ten month commitment to the training two days a week in the evenings in the Bronx.

You may then contact CEO Academy at 646.393.4400 to discuss more details.