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Resources for Career Counselors

Find information and resources to help counselors, advisors, instructors, or anyone who helps ex-offenders or soon-to-be-released incarcerated individuals with career planning.

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What's New

  • 7.12.19
    STEP AHEAD is now Minnesota State Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction.  Along with the new name, we've launched:
    • An updated workbook
    • New Content: How to Explore the Job Market, Community Resources, What You Can Do Now? (for people who are currently incarcerated)
    • Integrated Career Videos
    • Simplified navigation

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Additional Resources for Counselors and Other Workforce Professionals

Webinars and Training

Fact and Myths: Health Care Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records
June 2019
Understand the true scope and impact of employment-related collateral consequences in the health care sector.


  • Reginald Allen, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Mission-Based Programs, AMITA Health System
  • Josh Gaines, Senior Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Sofi Martinez, Social Science Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sodiqa R. Williams, Esq., General Counsel and Vice President, External Affairs, Safer Foundation

Websites and Publications

Collateral Consequences Inventory
Created by the American Bar Association, this website shows how different types of criminal convictions affect employment. After you enter the website, select Minnesota on the map and search for consequences on “employment.”

Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders (CareerOneStop)
This national website provides career, training, and job information for ex-offenders. Use the Toolkit or the State Resource Finder to locate job search, housing, food, legal, or other assistance in your state.  CareerOneStop also offers CareerOneStop Re-Entry.   In this version of their website all of the external links have been disabled for use within a correctional facility.  Learn more about CareerOneStop Job search resources for prisoners and ex-offenders

Internet Sites for Career Planning (National Career Development Association)
Select "Special Populations" and "Incarcerated and Ex-Offenders" to find website resources to help professionals who work with individuals with criminal convictions. 

Minnesota Criminal Offenders Rehabilitation Statutes
Find Minnesota Statutes related to the rehabilitation of criminal offenders including those related to employment and the availability of criminal records.

Minnesota Federal Bonding Program
Federal bonding offers employers no-cost bonding insurance for employees who are considered to be "at-risk" due to a criminal record.  Learn more about eligibility and coverage.  Find out how to apply for the program.

Minnesota's Fair Chance Hiring Guide
Written for employers, this guide will help you understand the legal and business concerns involved when hiring someone with a criminal conviction.  You'll learn about incentives for hiring workers with a felony conviction, get answers to common questions, and see best practices.  To download the guide, visit Twin Cities R!se for Employers and scroll until you see the "Minnesota's Fair Chance Hiring Guide" (about half-way down the page).  Select "Download Your Guide Now!"

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available as an incentive for employers to hire workers who experience high rates of unemployment, including those with a criminal record.  Learn about the program, who qualifies, and how to apply.