Georgia inmates can get a ‘second chance’ at education


Central Georgia Technical College is one in all three Georgia schools that provides the Second Chance Pell Grant to get a diploma

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Larry Jackson spent 15 years in jail, however a program he signed up for throughout that point modified his path.

 “Back in 2005, the jail I used to be in, Baldwin State Prison, began a pilot program for licensed nursing assistants,” he mentioned.

Through that program, Jackson was capable of get a foot within the door. Once he was launched, he knew he nonetheless needed to face adversity due to his previous.

 “I lastly went to Houston Medical HR, and I talked to the girl,” he recalled. “I mentioned, ‘Well, if I take this course, will you give me a possibility to take this course? Will you say sure?’ She did not say, ‘Yes,’ she simply mentioned, ‘Do properly,'” he laughed.

 Now, there’s a totally different program with the power to assist these college students — the Second Chance Pell Grant. 

 “Historically, for those who have been incarcerated, you may not obtain federal funding or federal support to go to post-secondary education. However, with this enlargement, in case you are incarcerated, chances are you’ll obtain federal funding,” Brittany Lucas, the manager director with re-entry providers, defined.  

Lucas says the vocational applications scale back the variety of repeat offenders.

 “We improve the possibility of employability post-release. That not solely impacts the recently-released residents, however their household, their youngsters, Georgia’s financial system,” she added.  

 As for Jackson, he works at Central Georgia Tech and is a medical lab technician at Houston Medical Center. Despite all that, he says there are extra objectives to test off the checklist. 

 “When I get a little extra the place I wish to be, I wish to return and get my Bachelor’s diploma and maintain going ahead,” he mentioned.

 Central Georgia Technical College is one in all three schools in Georgia to supply the Pell Grant. It companions with 10 Georgia Department of Corrections amenities to offer credit score programming.

They additionally provide their “Reset Scholarship” to college students who’ve had a felony on their file.