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ETA Announces Funding Opportunity to Help Adult Inmates to Prepare to Re-Enter the Workforce
Mar 25, 2013
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of approximately $20 million in grant funds to help adult inmates prepare to re-enter the workforce. The agency expects to award 15 grants of up to $1.4 million each to organizations that will provide training and employment to inmates ages 18 and older participating in state or local work release programs.
ETA has invested in five generations of the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders-Adult Program, which historically have been employment-centered. Research from the departments of Labor and Justice shows that ex-offenders are more likely to obtain employment and experience career growth if they acquire industry-recognized credentials. Since program year 2011, ETA has required grantees to provide training that leads to an industry-recognized credential prior to the end of the performance period. Additionally, ETA has found that programs offering pre-release services have higher post-release enrollment and more successful program outcomes.
These grants are being made available through the Training to Work-Adult Re-entry program and will build on research findings to provide services to offenders who are enrolled in work release programs and are ready for work. Participants will have approved release dates typically ranging from six to nine months and are still under state or local correctional supervision. Grantees will focus on in-demand industries and occupations in which ex-offenders are eligible to work.
March 19, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders - Adult Program (RExO) Webpage
Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs