Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ED Announces Funding to Promote Reentry Success through Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced $1 million in grant fund – the “Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities” (PRSCEO) program.

According to a new publication from the U.S. Department of Education – A Reentry Education Model: Supporting Education and Career Advancement for Low-Skill Individuals in Corrections – more than 700,000 individuals leave Federal and State prisons each year. Within three years, roughly 40% of these individuals will be incarcerated again as a result of committing new crimes. Furthermore, approximately one in three black men and one in eight white men between the ages of 20 and 34 without a high school diploma are currently incarcerated. Several government agencies, such as the Department of Justice, have funded programs aimed at ensuring that these individuals receive job training and other support programs upon release in an effort to reduce recidivism rates.

The U.S. Department of Education, recognizing the critical connection between workforce training, education and reduced rates of recidivism, has developed the Reentry Education Model – a model that supports incarcerated individuals transition from prison to their communities while receiving the education and training needed to gain stable, living-wage employment upon release from prison.

The grant funding available with PRSCEO will be invested in innovative programs that can successfully implement ED’s Reentry Education Model and its focus on aligning education programs in prisons and in the community, ensuring that individuals have the opportunity to obtain qualify education and career-development services while incarcerated as well as after their release.

Eligible applicants must receive funding from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The U.S. Department of Education estimates that it will make 2-4 awards, with awards ranging from $200,000-$400,000. Applications are due December 26, 2012.

For more information about PRSCEO, please click here.

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