Milwaukee Area Technical College is one of 67 college and
universities across the country set to participate in a revival of
a federal Pell Grant program for prisoners.
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reports that the program will allow the federal grants to be used
to cover college costs for prisoners for the first time since
Congress excluded them from student aid in 1994.
The program will
make about $30 million in grants available to nearly 12,000
inmates in more than 20 states.
college will use program to expand a re-entry program for
prisoners started in 2015. Forty-seven inmates received
certificates in computerized machining through the program.
vice president of student services for the campus, says the
program is about preparing inmates for the workforce rather than
just learning specific machining skills.
just the training in the classroom, it also includes things like,
when they're ready, how do they write a resume? How do we get job
skills in there?" Kubatzke said.
school plans to enroll 250 grant-supported prisoners in the
expanded re-entry program.
According to a
2013 study from the nonprofit RAND Corporation, prisoners who
participated in a correctional education program are 43 percent
less likely to return to prison within three years than those who
do not participate.
Corporation estimates that the country has about 1.5 million