Breaking Through Barriers

The PIC offers free career counseling services to individuals that have had involvement with the criminal justice system through the Breaking through Barriers (BtB) program.  Professional career services include:

  • One-on-one consultation with a professional career counselor.
  • Assessment of your skills, interests and abilities to help determine your ideal career
  • Individual coaching on writing an effective resume that captures the employers’ attention and developing winning interviewing skills
  • Valuable job leads
    • Tuition assistance may be available
    • Financial assistance with transportation and textbooks costs may be available

PIC maintains a specially-trained staff to provide job training, work experience and placement services for those who are reentering the Oakland community from either incarceration or parole.  The BTB Program operates within the City-sponsored employment training and placement services, but also designs and implements specialized employment programs for reentering persons. The BTB program currently serves 200 to 250 reentering persons each year.  BTB’s specialized reentry programs are:

Alameda County AB 109 FlyerAB-109 Job Opportunities / Building Solutions Program (JOBS) – as one of four community service partners of the Alameda County Probation Department, we offer employment training, work experience and job placement services, together with other support services, for up to 170 adult individuals on formal probation in Alameda County, particularly those affected by the state’s realignment release program.

Oakland Unite / Operation Ceasefire – the City of Oakland Department of Social Services sponsors PIC’s Oakland Unite program to provide 90 young men and women (18 to 36) who have been involved in the juvenile and adult justice systems with job training and job placement.  The program not only provide subsidized work experience but also stipends/incentives for vocational training and support services (transportation, counseling, etc.).

The Beyond the Gates Project – PIC has partnered with the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board to provide pre-release and post-release services to those incarcerated at (or being released from) Santa Rita Prison to link pre-release job readiness and orientation with post-release formal job training and placement services for adults 18 and over.

For enrollment information please call (510) 768-4462

The Oakland Private Industry Council is also a partner with the City of Oakland in the city’s effort to reduce crime, and to provide safe and productive options for those most at risk for criminal activities. The PIC as an integral component of the City’s Oakland Unite effort has been instrumental in providing Career opportunities, along with the needed training options for the success of this targeted population.  We value our partnership and look forward to the continued success of the Oakland Unite program.

Dr. Dailey was recently a guest speaker and facilitated a workshop that was targeted towards “At Risk “young adults as part of our partnership with Oakland Unite and Oakland Cease Fire. The workshop focused on critical thinking and understanding how thoughts, feelings and perception influence behaviors. For a full bio on Dr. Dailey, click here.