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If you or someone you know is seeking to get connected to or further your education, the resources below may be able to assist you.

Career One Stop Training

Part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Job Center Network, Career One Stop provides information on and links to connect to a wide range of education and training opportunities, including high school equivalency, adult basic education, college, certifications, apprenticeships, and more.

Federal Student Aid

Finding financial aid can seem overwhelming when you're trying to get ready for college or career school. The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year and will walk you through how financial aid works, resources to pay for college, and loan repayment options.

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Reentry Education Toolkit

This tool kit offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help education providers implement the Reentry Education Framework, which promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. The toolkit has five critical components—program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability.

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Correctional and Reentry Education

The U.S. Department of Education offers a community of practice and for corrections educators who work in prisons, jails, and juvenile settings to explore a wide variety of issues related to teaching incarcerated adults, including research and evidence-based practices and policies. There is also a collection of resources on adult education and literacy in the corrections and reentry that you can access here.


Reentry Education Framework Guidelines for Providing High-Quality Education for Adults Involved in the Criminal Justice System

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (2016)

This report offers guidelines, tools, and resources to support implementation of the Reentry Education Framework and presents an approach for reentry education providers to develop an education continuum that strengthens their services and bridges the gap between facility- and community-based programs.


Reentry Education Model Implementation Study: Promoting Reentry Success Through Continuity of Educational Opportunities

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (2015)

This report uses observations from the first full year of the Promoting Reentry Success Through Continuity of Educational Opportunities (PRSCEO) demonstration projects to tell the story of each site’s implementation of the Reentry Education Model and to look across the three sites to identify the model’s strengths and limitations.


Beyond the Box Resource Guide

U.S. Department of Education (2016)

This guide provides information for colleges and universities to help remove barriers that can prevent the estimated 70 million citizens with criminal records from pursuing higher education, including considering the chilling effect of inquiring early in the application process whether prospective students have ever been arrested. The guide also encourages alternatives to inquiring about criminal histories during college admissions and provides recommendations to support a holistic review of applicants.


Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings 

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice (2014)

This guide identifies promising practices for improving education programs in juvenile justice facilities, as well as areas in which Federal legal obligations apply. Throughout the report, each of five guiding principles is accompanied by supportive core activities for consideration by agencies and facilities seeking to improve existing education-related practices or implement new ones.