Transformed and Empowered Life Skills

Three-day cognitive-behavioral, skills building program that challenges the participants to change their behaviors and mindsets.  They learn:

  • the characteristics of resiliency;

  • emotional intelligence to help them to relate more effectively with themselves and others to build and maintain healthy relationships and to better able to respond to the challenges of life (Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making); and,

  • how to navigate workplace challenges. 

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Group Session Content

 Job Success

 Time Management

Setting Goals

Workplace Etiquette

Common Workplace Communication

Listening Skills

Coping with Stress and Anger

Resolving Workplace Conflict



  • FailSafe-ERA team identifies, screens, and assesses potential candidates

  • If eligible, applicant is interviewed by panel members consisting of the FailSafe-ERA team, ATSSA staff, a local jail official, and a member of the community

  • Applicant signs agreement.  Failure to comply with the contents of the agreement will result in student’s immediate termination from the program

  • Applicant is enrolled in the 40-hour training program and assigned a professional and personal development coach for 1 year

  • Applicant receives an ATSSA Flagger Certification Card and is provided with job opportunities with ATSSA member companies

This program is an opportunity for participants to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed and thrive in the community and workplace. 


Photo Left: Juanita Shanks, CEO of Failsafe-Era  and Donna Clack, the Vice President of ATSSA-American Traffic Safety Services Association  launched a partnership to help qualified returning citizens receive the training and job resources they need to put them on a path to success in temporary traffic control.

Failsafe-ERA graduates

Fredericksburg-area organizations launch pilot program to hire released inmates as traffic flaggers
A 31-year-old father of three sleeps in a car he fears might soon be repossessed.

A 38-year-old mother lives in a home with her two teenagers, but they soon may be forced out.

Both want to work, but it's difficult to find and keep a steady job after spending time in jail for felonies.

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