Rutgers Expert on Technology and Training for Incarcerated to Testify at Hearings Dec. 11

Rutgers Expert on Technology and Training for Incarcerated to Testify at Hearings Dec. 11

WHO: Heather A. McKay, director of the Sloan
Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development at Rutgers’
School of Management and Labor Relations
WHAT:  McKay will testify at a public hearing
sponsored by members of the state Legislature on breaking the pervasive cycle
of arrest, incarceration and re-arrest and its impact on families and
communities.
WHEN:

 Thursday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m to 8 p.m.

WHERE:

Paul Robeson
Center on the Rutgers–Newark Campus, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark

BACKGROUND: McKay and colleagues at Rutgers are
evaluating a three-year pilot program designed to prepare New Jersey’s female
prison inmates for re-entry into the working world through computer-based
learning. The Prison to Community Project is offering hundreds of women at the
Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women the opportunity to learn computer
skills necessary to compete in today’s workplace.

Through her work
with the Communications Workers of America, McKay also has received an
invitation to submit a memo on online learning for President-elect Barack
Obama.

Representatives
of New Jersey’s
15th Legislative District – state Sen. Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Reed
Gusciora and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman – are sponsoring Thursday’s
hearing, the last in a series of three.




 

 



 


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