ERIC Number: ED427219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Jail to Job Phase II. Final Report.
Erie City School District, PA.
Through the Jail to Job Phase II project, the Erie Adult Learning Center provided inmates of the Erie County Prison with employability skills, decision making, problem solving, survival skills, and anger management education. Forty soon-to-be-released inmates participated in 37 hours of class. Prison staff, in concert with the instructor, selected students suitable for the program. Students ranged from having an employment history to never working. The instructor evaluated each group and structured classes to respond to their needs. Often, prison personnel would sit in on the classes to familiarize themselves with the inmates' concerns. Attendance was mandatory to receive a certificate of employability. Students would be given preference for admission to the work-release program upon course completion. This motivator improved attendance and completion rates compared to phase I of the project. In a survey, the program received excellent reviews from both the inmates and the prison staff. Students' evaluation of the program indicated that the class was rated as one of the best in the prison. A waiting list of inmates showed an interest in program participation and continuation. One barrier was students' inability to attend due to lock up or early release. Most students (90 percent) completed the course. Of the students completing the course, 83 percent found employment. (The report contains 21 references. Appended are curriculum materials on anger management and self-assessment, the certificate of employability, and three student evaluation forms.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Anger, Behavior Modification, Correctional Education, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Certificates, Employment Interviews, Employment Potential, Job Search Methods, Problem Solving, Resumes (Personal), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Certification
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Erie City School District, PA.