College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

NBC 4 covers the success of Dr. Renford Reese's Reintegration Academy

Patrick Healy of the Los Angeles NBC News affiliate covered our very own Renford Reese's Reintegration Academy

Click here to check out video from Healy's news story on the Reintegration Academy.

The Reintegration Academy was founded in 2009. The program has hosted five cohorts: 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017. The program brings 30 parolees to the college campus for 10 weeks. These individuals are screened by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Division of Adult Parole Operations Region III. Participants are immersed in Academic Orientation, Life Skills, and Career Development modules. On the first day of the program each participant receives a meal card and a gift card for transportation and to purchase business casual clothes. In the 5th week each participant receives a free laptop computer. In the 6th week, participants are registered into Mt. SAC Community College and are assisted with completing financial aid forms. Our vocational education focus includes the following felony-friendly fields: Aviation Maintenance, Graph Arts, Computer Technology, Horticulture, Electronics, Welding, and Culinary Arts. During the 9th week, the program hosts a job fair for the participants--inviting 25 local employers to meet, greet, and interview participants. At the graduation banquet, each participant receives a certificate of completion. The Reintegration Academy helps to create a "Prison-to-School Pipeline."