Take charge of your future: Get the education and training you need
This Guide is designed for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole). It will help you get started—or continue—on the path to further education and training. Earning a high school credential, getting a certificate or license in a career technical field, or earning an associate or bachelor’s degree will help you advance in your career, and, ultimately, life. You’ll have more to offer employers, and you’ll improve your chances of getting and keeping a good job—and earning promotions. You’ll increase the amount of money you can earn, gain new skills, and make new contacts. In fact, 2010 U.S. Census figures show that people with higher levels of education earn more money. On average, people with four-year college degrees who worked full time earned $57,026 a year, compared to $44,086 for those with an associate degree, $34,197 for high school graduates, and $27,470 for high school dropouts.1 Continuing your education and training also can help strengthen your role in your family and community.
This Guide is designed so that you can go through it from start to finish, or just read or print out the chapters that you need most. It covers the steps involved in setting goals, getting organized, finding employment, and pursuing your education, from a high school credential to a college diploma. It also provides advice about getting money to pay for your education. It won’t answer every question, but it will direct you to resources where you can get your questions answered and get more information. The Guide does not provide information on services in specific states, but, wherever possible, it suggests a way to find that information.