ELAC Awarded Grant For Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Students Reentry ProgramPosted: Apr/9/2019 12:10 AM
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April 8, 2019
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AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED STUDENTS REENTRY PROGRAM
Monterey Park, CA – East Los Angeles College (ELAC) was one of 52 California Community Colleges to be awarded a $113,636 grant from the State of California. Funding will be used to provide Prevention Specialist Certificate Training for Formerly or Currently Incarcerated Students (FOCIS) through the Addiction Studies Program at ELAC.
“This program will give incarcerated or formerly incarcerated students a second chance to become productive citizens by providing rehabilitation and education that will help them to join the workforce. ELAC believes in providing education to all students and this grant will provide resources to students in need,” said ELAC President Marvin Martinez.
East Los Angeles College (ELAC)’s proposed Formerly or Currently Incarcerated Students (FOCIS) program will implement a model reentry program following the four pillars of the Chancellor’s guided pathways for successful community college educational programs:
- Clarifying a path for students for their educational and career goals
- Selecting a guided path in an Addiction Studies field for FOCIS students
- Helping FOCIS participants stay on their selected paths
- Ensure learning is proceeding as planned.
This 30-month program is scheduled to begin in July of 2019 and will help 60 FOCIS individuals per year with clarifying and starting a path to reach educational and career goals. Students will meet weekly with both an academic coach and a counselor to help identify and work through education and emotional barriers. Tutoring will also be provided and students will be given quarterly progress reports to make sure they stay on their path.
ELAC’s Addiction Studies Director, Dr. Lisa Vartanian, has extensive experience in working with FOCIS students and will be leading the program.
“Over the past several years some of our most successful and hardest working students were FOCIS individuals. I was proud to tell last year’s Addiction Studies graduates, ‘Standing on the stage are individuals who have spent a total of 200+ incarcerated years.’ The Chancellor’s funding will help us develop a best practices model for other community colleges,” Said Dr. Vartanian.
The FOCIS program will partner with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Juvenile Diversion program, the Lynwood Women’s Jail and other jails in Los Angeles to ensure the success of students.
ELAC is the largest of nine, two-year community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), www.laccd.edu. More information about ELAC is available online at http://www.elac.edu/. Follow ELAC on social media, Facebook @Eastlacollege, Twitter @Eastlacollege and Instagram @ELACHuskies.