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Criminal Record? Jobs Can Be Found

By Duwayne Escobedo

If you have a criminal record, it can be hard to find a company that will give you the chance to do an honest day’s work.

But at CareerSource Escarosa, Sheila Savage has found jobs within 90 days for more than half of her clients who are ex-offenders. Her success has earned her celebrity status locally and across the state. Other agencies come to Savage to find out how the Ex-Offender Career Advisor does it.

“They’re looking to do something similar,” said Katherine Karshna, Escarosa’s Chief Operating Officer. “But they don’t have Sheila and they can’t have her.”

Part of her successful job placement is simply due to her dedication to helping former prisoners get their lives back on track.

CareerSource Escarosa exists to find employment for job seekers from ex-offenders and welfare recipients to veterans and homemakers. In 2008 at the height of the recession, Escarosa had about 140,000 visitors a year. Now with an improving local economy, the agency serves about half that number.

CareerSource Escarosa Executive Director Cliff Krut enjoys switching from attracting companies to move to the area to ensuring there are plenty of talented workers for companies to hire.

“I’ve gone from the business attraction side to workforce development,” Krut said. “Talent is what drives economic development these days.”

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