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U.S. Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)

Division of National Programs (DNP)

PROGRAM TITLE:Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Metro Atlanta Life Skills for Local Prisoners Program

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70118

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Linda G. Smith

AWARDEE:Kennesaw State University

ADDRESS:1000 Chastain Road

CITY, STATE ZIP:Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591

TELEPHONE:(404) 298-8002

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR:Federal: FY 1998 $350,255

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $101,247

Total Funds: $506,208

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: The program is designed to provide offenders with the skills necessary to facilitate a smooth transition and successful reintegration back into the community, schools, and workplace with a reduced risk of recidivism.

PROCEDURES: The program's strategies include ABE/GED classes, vocational education and training, employability skills, career counseling and job placement, empowerment classes, domestic violence intervention curriculum, transitional services and pre-release planning through case management, community service performed by offenders, life skills through literature, and linkages with the private/public sector.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by pre- and post-test measures of literacy levels and life skills education knowledge, in addition to reduced recidivism.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adult

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 315 in the first year


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Transitioning: A Collaborative Project for the Improvement of Adult Inmate Reintegration

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70105

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Karen S. Dalton

AWARDEE:San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

ADDRESS:PO Box 9490

CITY, STATE ZIP:San Bernardino, California 92427

TELEPHONE:909-880-2577

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $347,881

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998

Total Funds: $347,881

Federal Funds: 100%

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To assist adult inmates in the transition from jail to the community and workplace through a holistic, individualized program.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in ROP vocational training and in ROP Diversified Occupations training that will provide them with job development and retention skills. Activities include developing resumes, role-playing interview and job situations, and job shadowing. Transitional Counselors will empower inmates with the skills and abilities to find employment, continue their education, or enroll in a rehabilitation program after release. The counselors will continue support and follow-up for twelve months after an inmate is released.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: To reduce the rate of recidivism of participating inmates by at least 50% over the general population for the first twelve months following release.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 270 in the first year

PARTNER (S):Chaffey Adult School, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Regional Occupational Program.


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills for Prisoners

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70117

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Bill Farmer

AWARDEE:Idaho Department of Corrections

ADDRESS:PO Box 83720

CITY, STATE ZIP:Boise, Idaho 83720-0018

TELEPHONE:208-962-3276

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $183,579

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998

Total Funds: $183,579

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To reduce recidivism and enhance the life skills and employability of Idaho's offender population.

PROCEDURES: The Idaho Life Skills for Prisoners Project will provide randomly selected inmates at the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) the structured, cognitive-based Pathfinders curriculum over a twelve-week period of incarceration. This "experimental" group will also receive intensive transition services, advocacy, follow-up and Hotline access upon their release. An equal number of randomly selected inmates will act as a "control" group and will participate in the current NICI program.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Programmatic outcomes will be measured by success in the Probation and Parole System, including recidivism.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 260 in the first year

PARTNER (S):Lewis Clark State College, Pathfinders of Oregon, Inc.


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Learn to Earn

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70081

PROJECT DIRECTOR:JoAnn Akemannchein

AWARDEE:Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault

STREET ADDRESS:1101 Linden Lane

CITY, STATE ZIP:Faribault, Minnesota 55021

TELEPHONE:507-334-0753

FAX:507-334-0880

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $456,840

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $180,876

Total Funds: $637,716

AWARD PERIOD:December 1, 1997 to November 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: Inmates earn industry certification and/or licenses. Upon release ex-offender secure and retain jobs directly related to training.

PROCEDURES: Certification or licensing programs of up to 12 weeks in length will be developed and offered to inmates during their last year of prison in the following areas: contract cleaning; contract cleaning management; painting; computer repair; forklift operator; boiler operation; auto body repair; and limited apprenticeship programs. At time of release, transition agents work in preparing work documents of inmates and teaching job seeking skills. Job developers visit employers in Minneapolis/St. Paul and rural Minnesota promoting program completers and matching job openings.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Inmates earn certificates and licenses. Ex-offenders secure employment related to training within two weeks of release. Ex-offenders retain employment.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adult

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 488 in the first year

PARTNER (S):South Central Technical College, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Department of Economic Security - Job Service and Training, Loring Nicollet Center, Data Train Institute


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:A Look Ahead, an Inmate Pre-Release Orientation

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70027

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Candace Burch

AWARDEE:Florida Department of Corrections

STREET ADDRESS:2601 Blair Stone Road

CITY, STATE ZIP:Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

TELEPHONE:850-488-2288

FAX:850-922-2121

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $396,695

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $211,764

Total Funds: $608,459

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To change criminal behavior through strengthened, established life skills education for transition program. The program is designed to prepare offenders for success in the community.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in a one hundred (100) hour life skills education for transition program. In addition, participants who score below a sixth grade literacy level will participate in one hundred and eighty (180) hours of literacy remediation in technology labs in preparation for participation in the life skills education for transition program.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by pre- and post-test measures of literacy levels and life skills education knowledge, in addition to reduced recidivism.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adult

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES:2100 in the first year

PARTNER (S):Division of Community Colleges, Community Services Providers of One-Stop Centers


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Project Metamorphosis

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70111

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Larry Smith

AWARDEE:Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections

ADDRESS:PO Box 94304

CITY, STATE ZIP:Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9304

TELEPHONE:504-342-6740

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $430,000

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $568,810

Total Funds: $998,810

AWARD PERIOD:December 1, 1997 to November 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To reduce recidivism through higher post-release employment and wage rates and increased vocational, cognitive, and employability skills.

PROCEDURES: Inmates 12-18 months from release will work with staff to write and Individual Transition Plan linked to training, jobs, and support services in their home communities. Activities will include an enhanced literacy component as part of an expanded life skills curriculum that will be integrated, as well, with GED classes and vocational training. Inmates will exit the prison system with a Skills Portfolio that documents work skills mastered in prison work assignments, vocational training, cognitive skills training, and ABE/GED instruction.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Tracking and analysis of 1) post-release wage and employment rates through the Louisiana Department of Labor, 2) academic and skill credentials earned in prison and after release, 3) pre/post criterion referenced tests to demonstrate increased life and job skills, and 4) recidivism rates. Products will include a new curriculum framework for integrating literacy, employability, cognitive skills training, and vocational skills.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 400 in the first year

PARTNER (S): State Literacy Center, Trinity Marine, Adult & Continuing Education, Governor's Office of Workplace Development, Greater Baton Rouge, Hotel/Motel Association, Avondale Ship Yard, J.E. Merit Construction, EBR Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Job Services Offices, Louisiana Department of Labor


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills Reintegration Program

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70122

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Stefan LoBuglio

AWARDEE:Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

STREET ADDRESS:House of Correction

20 Bradston Street

CITY, STATE ZIP:Boston, Massachusetts 02118

TELEPHONE:617-635-1000 ext. 1228

FAX:617-635-1042

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $338,695

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $440,490

Total Funds:$779,185

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To prepare and place inmates in jobs, training, and educational programs upon release by providing them with an integrated regimen of academic, vocational, life skills, and post-release services.

PROCEDURES: Inmates completing this program would receive a state accredited high school diploma, significant vocational training in an employable field, relevant life skill instruction, and career counseling and job placement services. The program incorporates an innovative technological and multi-service case-management provider design that allows for the seamless and continuous delivery of services to participating inmates.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 59 in the first year

PARTNER (S):Continuing Education Institute, Boston's Regional Employment Board, The Boston Private Industry Council, City of Boston's Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, State Parole Board and Probation Department, Comprehensive Offender Employment Resource Center, Crime and Justice Foundation, Job Training Alliance, Cathedral High School, Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation, Salvation Army, and Massachusetts Halfway Houses, Inc.


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills for Women

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70039

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Jay Desiderio

AWARDEE:Shelby County Government

STREET ADDRESS:160 North Main

CITY, STATE ZIP:Memphis, Tennessee 38103

TELEPHONE:901-377-4516

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $292,297

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $58,936

Total Funds: $351,233

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To offer a program, specifically designed for female inmates which will motivate the women to change their criminal lifestyle and to give them the tools and self awareness to assist in their change.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in a holistic ten-week cycle of highly interactive educational programming that includes assessment of client capabilities and potential career opportunities. Life management/survival classes and job readiness activities are a major focus utilizing group process and group bonding. A two week community service work experience culminates the model prior to graduation. Expanded services include aftercare, case management, job development/placement, tracking and program evaluation. Community volunteers play a significant role as mentors and workshop presenters.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by pre- and post-test measures on program completion, reduction of drug/chemical dependency (post-release), successful entry into jobs and independent living, and a reduction in recidivism.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated women

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 100 first year

PARTNER (S): Shelby County Division of Corrections, Women in Community Services, Inc.


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Employment and Life Skills Education (E.L.S.E)

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70083

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Darrell E. Long

AWARDEE:Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

STREET ADDRESS:250 East Hackett Road

CITY, STATE ZIP:Modesto, California 95358

TELEPHONE:209-558-1119

FAX:209-558-1113

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $269,673

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $115,000

Total Funds: $384,673

AWARD PERIOD:January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To provide training, education, and vocational experience for eligible inmates in custody and to help them transition into further vocational training, education, and job development and/or job placement after release.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in an eight week intensive course of study, covering basic education (GED and/or ESL), literacy skills, substance abuse issues, 'survival' and reentry skills, parenting and family dynamics, anger management, and eliminating patterns of destructive behavior. Inmates who successfully complete the eight week course will enter the second phase geared to vocational training and job preparedness. The final phase will be a period of reentry including job development for those participants willing and able to seek employment.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by, first, a reduction in the number and/or severity of subsequent criminal justice contacts; second, the participants' efforts to continue his/her education, seek employment, maintain a paid apprenticeship or secure gainful employment and maintain it; and third, through pre and post program testing show improvement in education and life skills.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 104 inmates in the first year

PARTNER (S): County Library, Friends Outside, Family Service Agency, Stanislaus Literacy Center, Private Industry Council Department of Mental Health, Stanislaus County Probation


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills "Ask" Project

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70102

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Charles Beall

AWARDEE:Colorado Department of Corrections

STREET ADDRESS:2862 South Circle drive, Suite 400

CITY, STATE ZIP:Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

TELEPHONE:719-540-4862

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $271,381

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998

Total Funds: $271,381

AWARD PERIOD:October 2, 1997 to October 1, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To provide a pre- and post-release articulated life/work skills instructional curriculum that engages adult inmates in transitional skills that reduce recidivism.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in a personalized pre- and post-release program that provides a continuum of life and work skills that starts as early as 120 days to pre-release and culminates no later than at the end of a one year mandatory parole period. The After-Care component links instructional and training services and resources with community college, private industry, community corrections, volunteer, and employment partners.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by life skills and literacy gains, job skills gain, employment and retention gains, and reduction of recidivism by the intervention group as compared to a control group.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 100 in the first year

PARTNER (S): Community College of Denver - Technical Education Centers, Colorado Community Corrections, Community Resource (Volunteer) Council, Home Builders Institute, and Colorado State University


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills and Employment Collaborative

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70113

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Kevin Warwick

AWARDEE:Hampden County Correctional Center

STREET ADDRESS:627 Randall Road

CITY, STATE ZIP:Ludlow, Massachusetts 01056-1079

TELEPHONE:413-547-8000 ext. 2815

FAX:413-547-8366

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $394,015

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $82,000

Total Funds: $476,015

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To assist inmates in making lifestyle changes through life skills training.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will participate in a three week life skills education curriculum. Topics will include: Values clarification, dealing with discrimination in the work place, motivation for work, and basic concepts of critical reasoning. Inmates who complete the three week curriculum will be placed in one of three job training programs; supported work, trial work, or construction training. Inmates will work directly with an assigned employment specialist who will provide continued support, life skills reinforcement and training.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success will be measured by pre- and post-test measures, reduction in recidivism and increased completion rates in community corrections programs.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adults with varied educational levels

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 264 in the first year

PARTNER (S): Corporation for Public Management, Spectra Management, Inc.


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Life Skills for Offenders

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70043

PROJECT DIRECTOR:David Alfson

AWARDEE:Grand Rapids Public Schools

STREET ADDRESS:1331 Franklin Street SE

CITY, STATE ZIP:Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0117

TELEPHONE:616-771-2460

FAX:616-771-2467

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $334,034

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $280,541

Total Funds: $614,575

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To provide inmates with skills, education and support systems to help them become meaningfully employed and contributing members of the greater community.

PROCEDURES: Inmates will complete a seven component program including: Assessment, basic skills instruction, and a five component life skills program. Inmates will receive assistance with : Anger and stress management, problem solving, team work, critical thinking, and decision making.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Outcomes will be measured in increased employability and employment of inmates and a lower recidivism rate for inmates who complete the program.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adult

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated Adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 250 in the first year


PROGRAM TITLE: Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners

PROJECT TITLE:Prison to Work: Transitioning into the Future

AWARD NUMBER:V255A70001

PROJECT DIRECTOR:Diana Bailey

AWARDEE:Maryland State Department of Education

STREET ADDRESS:200 West Baltimore Street

CITY, STATE ZIP:Baltimore, Maryland 21201

TELEPHONE:410-767-0531

FUNDS BY FISCAL YEAR: Federal: FY 1998 $404,254

Other Federal:

Non-Federal: FY 1998 $157,713

Total Funds: $561,967

AWARD PERIOD:October 1, 1997 to September 30, 2000

FEDERAL PROJECT OFFICER: Office of Correctional Education (202) 205-5621

OBJECTIVES: To reduce the tendency of incarcerated persons to recidivate by offering services to these persons while incarcerated which will increase employment potential.

PROCEDURES: Existing educational offering for incarcerated persons are enhanced and expanded in a variety of ways at two targeted facilities during the first year - a major male prison and the State's major women prison. Through the provision of staff training and new types of instructional resources, existing classes include instruction in obtaining and utilizing career information. The project will expand the current system's capability to deliver life skills instruction, including instruction to prison industry employees, and to provide services for the transition to post release status.

OUTCOMES/RESULTS/PRODUCTS: Success is established through formative evaluation measures (student and teacher ratings etc.) and by post-release re-incarceration rates.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (S):Adult

TARGET POPULATION (S):Incarcerated Adults

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF TRAINEES: 500 in the first year

PARTNER (S):Maryland Occupational Information Coordinating Council, Maryland State Use Industries, the Correctional industries Association, the Maryland Division of Correction, and the National Occupational Information Coordinating Council