Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

Last Updated: 02/22/2024

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Officially founded in 1996, The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is a nonprofit organization that helps people who have been involved with the criminal justice system find employment following incarceration or criminal conviction. CEO has operations based in 30 cities, across twelve states. Additionally, CEO pursues criminal justice reform and public policy advocacy efforts. The organization provides various programs and services, including:

  • Transitional work programs
  • Vocational support services
  • Job readiness training
  • Counseling
  • Job coaching and placement
  • Retention services

CEO partners with local communities to offer its services to help formerly incarcerated individuals find and maintain employment opportunities. Through their programs, CEO focuses on helping individuals find employment as well as providing ongoing support to ensure their success in the workplace. CEO’s programs and partnerships attempt to address recidivism rates by providing:

  • Life skills education
  • Short-term paid transitional employment
  • Full-time job placement
  • Post-placement services


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