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Tennessee Institute of Public Health

Correctional Career Pathways



The Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH) at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is pleased to announce the Correctional Career Pathways (CCP) Replication and Expansion Model funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in partnership with the ETSU College of Public Health, East Tennessee Foundation and the Niswonger Foundation. This grant opportunity offers funding, leadership and a framework to replicate/adapt the Greene County CCP program in qualified counties in Appalachian Tennessee. TNIPH will award three (3) grants of up to $50,000 and lead a mentor team to provide oversight, training and technical assistance to support these projects. Grants will be awarded to approved organizations in eligible communities through a competitive process. THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) DOCUMENT IS ATTACHED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. PLEASE INCLUDE ALL OF THE LISTED ELEMENTS IN THE RFP IN THE PROPOSAL YOU SUBMIT.

Project Description

The Correctional Career Pathways: Journey to Hope model program was established at the Greene County, Tennessee Workhouse in 2015 and has gained state and national acclaim for innovation and sustainability. The CCP program is led by a local multi-sector leadership team to give criminal offenders the opportunity to break the cycle of arrest and incarceration and transition successfully into the workforce. The program offers classes, job placement, counseling and transportation to qualified inmates. After instruction in life skills and special training, trustee inmates join the local workforce. A percentage of earnings is set aside to pay court-ordered costs, fees and restitution, while the remainder is placed in individual accounts for participating trustee inmates.

Eligible Counties

Bledsoe, Campbell, Clay, Cocke, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Scott and Van Buren

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