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Technology-Based Career Training Supporting Successful Reintegration 2016

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $750,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison, jail and returning to communities, including resources to address the myriad of needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. 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-based career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, tribal jails, and juvenile residential facilities. This program supports training for technology-related jobs and the continuum of reentry transition planning including education, training, support services, and building connections to local employers that will enable participants to secure employment prerelease.

The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of the incarcerated population in technology-based jobs. The objective of the program is to establish and provide career training programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 6-36 month period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility with connections to follow-up services after release in the community.

Minnesota Department of Corrections will utilize funds towards the Technology-Based Career Education Supporting Successful Reintegration program. Program goals include: successful reentry for program participants as measured by reduced re-arrests, reconviction and revocation rates; demonstrated successful training program completion rates of at least 60 percent, including credential attainment; demonstrated successful participation rates in employment-related activities of 60 percent, including apprenticeships, job interviews and career navigation; and job placement in a manufacturing or solar field environment. This program will serve 240 moderate to highest risk adult males and females.


Date Created: September 19, 2016