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Warming up to educating inmates – Community College Daily


Signaling its interest in finding ways to better prepare inmates for successful re-entry into society, the Trump administration on Monday held a day-long event at the U.S. Education Department focused on promising practices, as well as challenges, in using education and job training to help incarcerated individuals.

Attendees of the meeting heard from government officials, program directors, educators and formerly incarcerated students who tapped education to transform their lives.

Mitchell Zais, the department’s deputy secretary, highlighted the administration’s and department’s efforts to reform correctional education, including a pilot program that allows more than 60 selected higher education institutions (including many community colleges) to use Pell grants for eligible inmates seeking to attain a postsecondary education. More than 10,000 incarcerated students are receiving Pell grants from 64 institutions this award year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), according to ED.

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