Education

New state grants for community colleges to help formerly incarcerated students

East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.
East Los Angeles College is one of nine campuses in the L.A. Community College District.
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College administrators say taking college classes is one of the best ways to keep a person from returning to prison, but many formerly incarcerated students who enroll in college face psychological, academic and financial roadblocks. A new grant program with $5 million in available funds is helping colleges pay for additional help for this student population.