The Upstate Workforce Investment Board received a $159,170 grant from the State Workforce Development Board to help inmates return to the workforce.
Thirty-two inmates at the Spartanburg County Detention Center will get job training for the construction industry, according to a news release.
Trident Technical College received a $250,000 grant to implement its Veterans’ Education and Transition Support re-entry project.
“We are pleased to partner with these two organizations. Helping returning citizens find a job as they leave prison has a tremendous positive impact on their lives by giving them purpose and reducing the possibility that they will be incarcerated again. This reduces the burden on the system and on the taxpayer,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, in the release.
In partnership with Spartanburg Community College, the Operation Educate project will help the inmates learn things like soft skills, work-life balance, economic stability, work readiness training and WorkKeys instruction.
The program with Trident Technical College will help 48 veteran inmates at the MacDougall Correctional Institutional at Ridgeville. MacDougall has created a unit specifically for veteran inmates along with “a pre- and post-release program in partnership with federal, state and nonprofit organizations” to help those inmates prepare for release.