Friday, November 18, 2011

Technology program for inmates at regional jail

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy

Timothy J. Heaphy, United States Attorney, Western District of Virginia, representing the United States Department of Justice will be at the Western Virginia Regional Jail Friday.

Second Chance Act funding of a project with WVRJ in partnership with Virginia Western Community College and Virginia CARES, will begin offering an innovative inmate training program to be financed with Second Chance Act grant funds. The Second Chance Act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services that can help reduce recidivism.

The TechCareers Program will provide training in microcomputer systems technology to 25 adult mentally ill inmates returning to Southwest Virginia (the counties of Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke and the city of Salem). The program’s purpose is to improve the employability of the targeted offenders by creating opportunities for long-term employment and career-building in high-growth, high-demand technology-based industries.

The TechCareers Program will target non-violent, mentally ill offenders interested in intensive microcomputer systems technology training. Program participants will complete 36 weeks of technology-based training and receive up to four months of supported employment.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Crime, Education

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