Guide Helps Offenders Get Started
Date: March 01, 2014 09:17AM

Guide Helps Offenders Get Started

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education published a guide for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole). The guide, Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need, will help offenders get started — or continue — on the path to further education and training.

The guide advices offenders that earning a high school credential, getting a certificate or license in a career technical field, or earning an associate or bachelor’s degree will help them advance in their career, and, ultimately, life. By advancing their education offenders will have more to offer employers, and will improve their chances of getting and keeping a good job — and earning promotions. They’ll increase the amount of money they can earn, gain new skills, and make new contacts. Continuing their education and training also can help strengthen the offenders’ role in their family and community.

The Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need Guide is designed so that user can go through it from start to finish, or just read or print out the chapters that he needs most. It covers the steps involved in setting goals, getting organized, finding employment, and pursuing an education — from a high school credential to a college diploma. It also provides advice about getting money to pay for an education. It won’t answer every question, but it will direct the offender to resources where he can get his questions answered and get more information. The Guide does not provide information on services in specific states, but, wherever possible, it suggests a way to find that information.

This Guide is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. It is available on the U.S. DOE’s website: []. Or copies of the Guide may be ordered online at: [].

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