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Gov. Ivey awards grant to support vocational training for incarcerated people

The program will serve students at state correctional education facilities throughout Alabama.

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Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $150,000 grant to J.F. Ingram State Technical College to provide career technical education to people who have been incarcerated.

The college has partnered with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles for this program, which will serve students at state correctional education facilities throughout Alabama. One of the program’s stated objectives is for at least 150 students to earn one or more industry-recognized credentials or certifications.

“After completing their prison sentences, it is sometimes difficult for former inmates to reenter the workforce and secure meaningful employment,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Providing these individuals with the skills they need for employment will reduce recidivism, provide them with a path toward a productive future and strengthen Alabama’s workforce.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This program will help people who have served their time to reintegrate into society and provide them with skills to succeed in a career,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in support of this educational initiative.”

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.

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