If you've served time behind bars and want to get an education you need to know that Yakima Valley College has joined a state program that supports former inmates who are interested in pursuing higher education.

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The local school joins 12 other community and technical colleges and one four-year institution in the program. A press release says Yakima Valley College will offer services including outreach, help selecting academic pathways, identifying financial resources, supporting retention and addressing basic needs.
They say anyone from any correctional institutions in Washington state who have been or will be released in Yakima County are eligible to participate in the new program.

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“While incarcerated, students have the opportunity to earn higher education credits,” states YVC Re-entry Navigator Alexander Bazan. “After being released, if these students would like to transfer their credits and continue their educational journey at YVC we are able to help assist with the process.”

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“Re-entering the workforce with a criminal background has its challenges, but with education and the supportive services offered through the Corrections Education grant, the chance of success becomes higher, creating an enhanced community for all,” states Bazan.
For more information contact Yakima Valley College's Re-entry Navigator Alexander Bazan at 509.834.4506.

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