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Pioneer’s job-readiness training program, Roadmap to Success, is a three-week course that students attend five days a week for approximately 100 hours total. Men and women with criminal histories who are trying to successfully transition back into their communities in Washington State can be referred by their case manager, therapist, corrections officer or self-refer for the application process.

Once accepted into the Roadmap to Success training program, individuals learn the needed skills to find and retain employment. The course focuses on overcoming barriers to employment through cognitive thinking transformation, soft-skills development, professional communication, conflict resolution, time management, job search techniques, targeted resume building, interviewing techniques, handling different management styles and computer skills.

After graduation, students are eligible to apply for an Occupational Training Program. If a student chooses the Manufacturing Academy program and graduates, he/she is eligible to apply for the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program.

Roadmap to Success training workshop series are also provided in federal residential reentry centers that Pioneer operates, and in many of our transitional housing and residential  treatment programs across the state. Our focus is to bring the training to our clients in need.

Watch a video of students in our Roadmap to Success and occupational training programs discuss how the programs are helping them move forward with their lives.

Pioneer's Roadmap to Success Students Share Their Journey

The Roadmap to Success training curriculum targets in on soft skills development and job readiness, and focuses on each of our student’s strengths to prepare them for employment. Topics that are covered in the course include:

Job-search readiness focuses on the skills needed to look for work, including developing job search strategies, navigating questions about their criminal history, writing targeted cover letters and effective resumes, and learning to interview and share information in mock interview sessions.

Soft-skills development focuses on how to make good decisions and how to be a good employee. Skill development includes dealing with authority, time management, professional communication and conflict resolution.

To support long-term stability and success, our training program includes skill-building exercises to help trainees learn to make better decisions, both within their personal lives and at work, and to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle.

In addition, we offer workshops in many of our housing, treatment and residential reentry programs across the state where individuals can participate in one - three hour training classes that cover soft skills management, cover letter and resume writing, and mock interview practices. 

Testimonials from graduates

“The Roadmap to Success training program gave me the opportunity to succeed, and the confidence to believe in myself.”

“This program made me realize that opportunities are made and not given.”

“Thank you for this opportunity for change. This program changed my life!”

“Roadmap to Success has given me the vision to have a career. I am looking forward to working as a result of this class.”

“I’ve learned and taken the positive experience of the program and the individuals in it, and I will now apply those positive experiences to my life.”

Who is eligible

All applicants for Pioneer’s Roadmap to Success training program must be referred by a community corrections officer or case manager. Please fill out the application, print it and fax/email it to Pioneer or save it as a new PDF document and email it. All Pioneer contact information is on the form.

Priority is given to people currently in a work release program, or in a Pioneer treatment or housing program. To be eligible for the training program, applicants must:

  • Have a criminal background, and/or history with a substance use disorder
  • Be interested in finding employment and physically able to work
  • Pass a urinalysis (UA)
  • Be willing and able to comply with classroom policy and procedures

For more information, please send an email to, or call us at 206-768-7333.

Pioneer Human Services is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities.