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Out of Jail, and Into a Job

The New York Times

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. The program provides newly-released prisoners with transitional services - most si...

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A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

The New York Times

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A novel way to help young men growing up in communities in which concentrated poverty, violence and unemployment are well-documented barriers to health and longevity: male youth of color are trained to be the emergency response team to help stabilize street victims before doctors or nurses begin ...

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Dropouts flooding Kent's second-change iGrad school

The Seattle Times

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Student dropouts are a taxpayer burden. Cities save money and help kids by connecting them with diploma programs. Washington is making these efforts state law.

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Harvard's prestigious debate team loses to New York prison inmates

The Guardian

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The Bard prison initiative, in New York, allows inmates at correctional facilities to take liberal arts classes and improve their opportunities to find work upon release.

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From stilettos to steel toes:' Can job training fix prison overcrowding and save Alabama money?

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

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According to a Pew Center on the States report, the prison recidivism rate has stabilized around 40 percent for decades. The J.F. Ingram State Technical College offers correctional education and 20 different vocational programs for inmates throughout the state of Alabama. This training has aide...

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Canary in the Code Mine

Backchannel

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As the U.S. shifts away from coal, thousands lose their jobs and live on unemployment. BitSource, a tech startup in Kentucky, is teaching ex-miners how to code.

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Open Access: How a Nonprofit is Giving Techies Without Tuition Their Shot

FastCompany

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Access Code is a nonprofit in New York that gives young adults, particularly those from minority groups, instruction and resources to learn coding. This education promotes greater access to lucrative careers in the world of technology.

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How To Turn Adult Education Into Careers, Quickly

NPR

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state community college system has started the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Traini...

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Seeding Dreams with Self-Esteem: Building New Opportunities for Women in Rural Appalachia

Appalachian Voices

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A girls camp in West Virginia and a residential program in Kentucky help Appalachian women build self esteem and enable them to turn their life around through mentoring, stem classes, and job counseling.

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Jail program, a first in NC, includes classes behind bars

Fayetteville Observer

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Cabarrus County’s Project Re-entry gives those experiencing incarceration a chance at an education and self-reflection. The program has shown such success that it is being expanded to other detention centers in the county. Those who take part are able to take classes – all taught by volunteers – ...

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