Former Offender

Former Offender Program
The Former Offender Program through the NCWorks Career Center in Durham provides individualized assistance with career counseling and employment search and retention for eligible people with criminal backgrounds/convictions to aid in their transition as responsible members of the community and workforce. View to see a recent video about Durham's efforts to help people with criminal backgrounds.
The following benefits are offered to eligible participants:
Employment Counseling
Our professional counselors take the time to learn your individual needs and provide guidance from the beginning to help you become acclimated to the community and job market. Aptitude/proficiency testing is available as individually determined.
Employment Search Orientations/Workshops
Workshops are conducted to provide assistance with searching for employment including resume writing, completing an application, interviewing skills and utilizing community resources.
Placement Services
Uncertain of the workplace or what will be expected of you to be successful? Our counselors are here to help you learn and develop the necessary skills to gain and retain employment. We can assist with your understanding of time management, conflict resolution, common policies and procedures within the workplace and accessing legitimate means of income.
Opportunities for training within locally deemed growth occupations may also be available and are determined on an individual basis.
Eligibility Requirements
Review the following criteria to determine your program eligibility:
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Durham residency
  • Recently released from incarceration within the last year or have a criminal conviction(s) within the last 2 years
  • Unemployed
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
Contact Us
To find out more about how our services may assist you, contact Courtney McCollum at 919-560-6880, ext. 248, or complete the contact form