Charles Turner Helps Formerly Incarcerated

Charles H. Turner

Charles H. Turner, Re-Entry Team Manager for the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), has been named Workforce Professional of the Year by the California Workforce Association for his dedicated efforts to help the formerly incarcerated successfully reintegrate into society Turner will be honored at an awards luncheon on April 5, as part of the California Workforce Association’s 21st Annual Spring Conference in San Diego. “This is a well-deserved honor for Charles. He goes out of his way to assist both clients and colleagues. He never shies away from getting things done—it’s in his DNA,” said Gay Plair-Cobb, CEO of the Oakland PIC. Turner’s award is based on over 15 years of dedicated re-entry work. He is considered a pioneer in the development of specialized services to the re-entry population and currently manages Oakland PICs Breaking Through Barriers (BtB) unit, which specializes in supporting participants with case management, assessment, training, placement and follow-up services. With a success rate of 70 percent, Breaking Through Barriers helps in positive activities related to education, training and employment. Graduates of the program, which currently services 170 participants, have obtained employment in fields such as wastewater management, retail sales and management and environmental occupations. He is recognized by his peers for his ability to form broad-based community partnerships to address the diverse needs of the formerly incarcerated. This award is given in honor of Charlie Brown, a dedicated and innovative leader of the workforce community who passed away in 2010 after 25 years of service as the Director of the Northern Rural Training Employment Consortium. For information about the California Workforce Association go to
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