WINN grant to help rehabbed Nevada offenders reenter workforce
According to TMCC, justice-involved adults will come by referral from four populations:
• Nevada Department of Public Safety, Parole and Probation
• United States Probation Office, District of Nevada
• The Reno Justice Court, Specialty Courts
• Nevada Department of Corrections, Northern Nevada Transitional Housing (NNTH), those with 18–24 months left of their sentence
Visit the TMCC website to learn more.
RENO, Nev. — The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced this week it approved a grant that will “provide much-needed training in both career and life skills for people who are being rehabilitated through the justice system, supporting their reentry into the workforce.”
The Pilot Re-Entry Program at Truckee Meadows Community College is funded by a Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN) grant.
According to a GOED news release, the program includes the nationally-known “Getting Ahead” curricula, OSHA Safety certification, Forklift Safety Training, an ACT WorkKeys career readiness credential, and the choice to study toward one of three college skills certificates:
• Panasonic Preferred Pathway (P3) Program in manufacturing
• Certified logistics associate
• Food safety and handling
The free program begins July 11 and takes about six months to complete.
“We visited several employers to find out the best skills currently needed, and they said forklift, OSHA, basic math and English — but most of all are soft skills,” Re-Entry Coordinator Camille Vega said in a statement.
According to GOED, soft skills include accountability, punctuality and communication, and students will also brush up on their computer and math skills.
“By consistently training individuals to be employable, and therefore successful when released from the correctional system, we’re building a safer community with less victimization, and greater opportunity,” stated James Dzurenda, director of the Nevada Department of Corrections.
For more information about the Pilot Re-Entry Program, contact Vega in the TMCC Counseling Center at 775-674-7987.
“Nevada leads the nation in population growth and Washoe County experienced a 1.6% growth rate last year — over 8,000 new residents now call this area home. And this trend is not expected to end anytime soon.