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Being prepared to work upon release is an important component to successful reentry and how the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) fulfils its mission: Keep people safe. NDCS offers a variety of vocational and life skills training programs.

In 2014, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 907, which allocated funds for the NDCS to partner with community agencies to provide vocational and life skills training to individuals while incarcerated, on parole or under probation supervision and for up to 18 months after discharge. The providers apply for a grant and are selected based on specific criteria. These grant-funded programs, along with other vocational programs, provide a variety of services intended to increase employability and reduce recidivism.

The current Vocational and Life Skills (VLS) grants (Grant Cycle 3) were awarded in June 2018. Grantees could begin program design and hiring, effective July 1, 2018. The table below includes data collected during Quarter 1 (July 2018-September 2018).

VLS Grantees 2018-2020.pdf (50 kB)
Vocational & Life Skills Grant Cycle 3 Programs Funded



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