"I want a job with good insurance," said Villarreal, who has two young children to support.
Jose Villarreal is the kind of felon Mac Kenzie likes to meet. They need jobs, so the TDCJ welcomes Mac Kenzie, president and CEO of Bodart Recruiters of Lubbock, to line them up driving trucks, toiling in oil fields or working heavy construction, positions that pay an average of an hour. The men sitting here in the classroom at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Hamilton Unit were all scheduled to be released within the next few weeks.Nor does he have a cell phone — a typical recruiter's constant companion — because phones aren't allowed inside the walls surrounded by razor wire. The ex-convict gets a job, which can reduce the likelihood he'll return to prison.The employer gets a worker who's often willing to work hard for a chance at a new start." Mac Kenzie asked after reviewing Villarreal's formal certification and previous job experience."You have the skills and qualifications we're looking for." That was welcome news to Villarreal, who said he's always had a good job.Many people scrolling through the site do not look further than this, so it really matters. Users now have the ability to easily turn their filtered photos into actual photos on canvas using Canvas Pop or even into desk calendars with the app Calendargram (i Phone, free), which would make great gifts for all of your loved ones.BRYAN - Carter Mac Kenzie looked out over the 17 men in prison whites and ran through the fundamentals. Employers have jobs to fill, and with the labor market so tight, some are willing to look past the criminal records of those who have served time for burglary, drunken driving and drug possession.Villarreal, who was released earlier this month, has yet to check in, something Mac Kenzie said isn't unusual.Many ex-convicts want to spend time with their families before launching a job search, he explained. Although it's not uncommon for employers to visit state prisons looking for workers — one was looking for welders recently in a unit near Freeport — Mac Kenzie is the first recruiter the prison system has ever hosted, said Bob Evans, director of continuing education for the Windham School District in Huntsville.