"What defines us is our minds and our hearts. We have moralities, even in prison."
"My dream now is to give back to the communities I damaged."
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What's my next step?
Applying for college is one thing - affording college is another! Many people are afraid to go into debt or don't know how they will be able to afford their classes without working several jobs, but money does not have to be the reason the road ends for you!
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR GRANTS OR LOANS?
You can sign up for Financial Aid through STUDENTAID.GOV. This is the federal website where you can apply for loans, grants and scholarships to help you get through school. If you are planning on taking out loans, it is important you know the difference about the two types: unsubsidized and subsidized. You can learn about the difference here: UNSUBSIDIZED VS. SUBSIDIZED.
Even though you cannot receive assistance during incarceration, you can still make an account and fill out the information for the school year you would like to attend! If you have questions or concerns, you should contact the Student Aid administration or the Financial Aid Department at the school you are considering. k
WHAT IF I WANT A CERTIFICATION OR LICENSE INSTEAD OF A DEGREE?
If you are interested in building a career in a trade - like automotive, electrical, cosmetology - you would attend a vocational or trade school. FINDMYTRADESCHOOL.COM shows a list of all the available programs in San Diego where you can apply.
CAN I STILL RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH A TRADE?
Absolutely! The type of aid just differs from universities however. Typically, credential or licensing programs that last longer than 15 weeks are eligible to all forms of financial aid offered. Programs shorter than 15 weeks are only eligible to take out loans. If this is not an option, you can ask your school what scholarships they offer students. The blessing of scholarships is you don't have to pay them back! To learn more about where to find other scholarship opportunities, CLICK HERE!
Dreams For Change is an organization in San Diego that offers innovative and cost-effective programs that empower and stabilize the lives of underserved families and individuals.Their Dreams' Cuisine Program participants gain crucial on-the-job and classroom training. Through the program, participants learn the ins-and-outs of running a food truck business. Their skills can be applied to business management and jobs in the culinary and food service sectors.
The workforce program not only provides paid on-the-job training but requires each trainee to attend classes every Thursday.
Job Skills: How to look for employment, resume building, interview practice
Soft Skills: Emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, time management, decision making
Life Skills: Budgeting, understanding your credit, how to find housing, appropriate communication and attire
Penn Foster has partnered with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to offer career focused courses to San Diego County residents at no cost! We're proud to offer a Contact Tracer Pathway course, a Hospital Greeter course, and a Patient Transporter course. All of our programs were designed specifically to help you acquire the skills necessary to lead a successful career in Healthcare. Offered on Penn Foster's mobile-friendly platform, these programs provide you with the flexibility to learn when and where you want - at a pace that's right for you.
11.14.2020 Project Launch is a tuition-free, 20-month certified apprenticeship program that annually prepares 150 individuals who are overcoming histories of incarceration, homelessness, foster care, mental health issues, or victims of domestic violence to launch meaningful careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.
Kitchens for Good offers three apprenticeship tracts of culinary, baking, and food service management. The program has a strong track record in helping to break the cycles of poverty with attained outcomes of 85% employment rate of graduates.