The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 13, 2013

Allegheny County inmates to receive training to enter energy industry

PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny County inmates can now receive job training to help them enter the energy industry upon their release -- but Beaver County inmates aren't so lucky.

Allegheny County announced last week that the jail collaborative received a $613,946 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will provide technical training and support for 100 inmates to pursue jobs in the energy industry -- jobs like industrial maintenance technician, production technician, renewable energy technician and energy engineering technician.

“It is exciting to once again see Allegheny County rewarded for its efforts to reduce recidivism,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a release. “It was funding from the Department of Justice that helped establish our successful Reentry Program, and now this additional funding is an important reinvestment in that program, as those aided will have the skills they need to find decent employment after incarceration.”

Through the program -- called Career Tech -- incarcerated men and women will begin training one year prior to their release. Training will continue after inmates’ release, officials said. The training will join other services already available to inmates as part of the reentry program, and will use a “Pay for Success” model, which means it will achieve long term funding based on its success.

However, Beaver County inmates won’t be able to participate in this program. Beaver County Jail Warden Bill Schouppe said Friday Beaver County actually applied for the same grant and didn’t receive it.

“We did actually apply for the grant last (spring,) and we didn’t get it,” he said Friday. “I wish we would have gotten it, and we’ll try again.”

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