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Training Ex-Offenders for Post-Release Technology Careers

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Orleans Parish
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $614,157)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.

The goal of the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles is to increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology-based jobs and career fields. The objective of the program is to support the education, training, mentoring, support services, and job placement for incarcerated/detained adults and juveniles in a technology field.

This grant will fund a program that will serve incarcerated adults and juveniles aged 16 - 30 years old, who have committed a felony and have limited education. It is anticipated that 100 to 150 participants will be provided training that will enable them to find jobs in the Telecommunications Industry. This training will enable them to obtain employment with broadband providers, as well as low-voltage electricity employers, including cable, data, voice and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service providers.


Date Created: September 29, 2013