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The Department of Employment Services and the District of Columbia Public Schools Launch Program to Assist Re-Employment Efforts of Former DCPS Employees

Friday, November 2, 2012


Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) have partnered to assist unemployed DCPS employees impacted by the recent DCPS reduction in force with their re-employment efforts. The Re-Employment, Training, and Assistance Program (RETAP) is designed to help former DCPS employees (non-teachers) gain a competitive advantage in today’s economy and job market by building on and strengthening their talents and matching them to high demand occupations and viable employment opportunities within our region.

“We want to do whatever we can to assist these former DCPS employees and help them find sustainable employment,” said DOES Director Lisa María Mallory. “We remain committed to helping all unemployed District residents, and our partnership with DCPS allows us to customize targeted events specific to those recently unemployed DCPS employees and offer them re-employment assistance, training opportunities, and viable workforce development supports.”

DOES invited over 200 former DCPS non-teaching employees to its inaugural RETAP orientation and registration event on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the DOES Headquarters Community Room. The former DCPS employees in attendance were extremely receptive to the RETAP initiative and appreciative of DOES’ efforts to assist them in their re-employment activities, especially the training opportunities that were made available to them.

Any invited persons unable to attend yesterday’s orientation should contact the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Career Transition Center at (202)698-5859 to schedule an appointment for RETAP services. Future RETAP group orientations will be conducted on an as-needed basis.