The Reintegration Academy was founded in 2009. The program has hosted 196 parolees in seven cohorts: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019. The program brings 35 parolees to the college campus for 8 weeks. These individuals are screened by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Division of Adult Parole Operations South Region (Pomona Office). Participants are immersed in Academic Orientation, Life Skills, and Career Development modules. On the first day of the program each participant receives a meal card and a gift card for transportation and to purchase business casual clothes. In the 6th week each participant receives a free laptop computer and are registered into Mt. SAC Community College. They are assisted with completing financial aid forms. Our vocational education focus includes the following felony-friendly fields: Aviation Maintenance, Graph Arts, Computer Technology, Horticulture, Electronics, Welding, and Culinary Arts. During the 8th week, the program hosts a job fair for the participants--inviting 20 local employers to meet, greet, and interview participants. At the graduation banquet, each participant receives a certificate of completion. The Reintegration Academy helps to create a "Prison-to-School Pipeline." See the potential savings for the State of California.

 

OUTCOMES

See the program's Recividism v. Success rates and the results of the pre- and post- program assessments.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

See exit interviews and the impact of the Career Development module.

 


GRADUATING CLASSES

See photos of the Reintegration Academy's four graduating.