Below are answers to the Re-Entry Center's most commonly asked questions.
Yes, we refer and highly recommend all our Re-Entry students to schedule a Career Exploration appointment. Once you become eligible for a Re-Entry program, we can assist you in this process.
The Re-Entry Center can help you explore scholarships, Federal Student aid, and depending on your eligibility, we may offer you supplemental assistance to pay for other college-related expenses such as tools, uniforms and gas.
There are three ways to become eligible for Re-Entry services:
- You have lost a source of income while caring for your children or other family member, and do not have employment/income adequate for economic independence.
- You are referred by one of our justice involved partner agencies.
- You are receiving SNAP benefits or are SNAP eligible and you are/will attend TMCC for a Career Technical Education certificate (CTE) or High School Equivalency (HSE) such as the GED or HISET.
Yes. Many ex-offenders do not apply to college because they assume they are not eligible for financial aid and are unsure of how to pay for college. TMCC's Re-Entry Coordinator can assist you in understanding your financial aid options so you can return to school. Financial Aid eligibility is primarily based on your income from 2 years prior. For example, for the 20–21 school year, you will provide your income from 2018. If you were incarcerated at this time, you likely had $0 income. You may be eligible for the full amount of PELL Grant funds. This will pay for your tuition and provide you with additional funds. You can use the money for transportation, computer, housing and anything else you need to successfully reach your education goals.
Nevada, like many other states, created a law that states "Displaced Homemakers should be provided services that would enable them to gain the knowledge, experience and self-esteem to become employed and self-sufficient."
The Displaced Homemaker Program, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), is funded in part by divorce fees paid to the state courts.
In today's society, it is still common for one member of the family to maintain the home while someone is the primary wage-earner. This can include adults who have cared for their parents or those who have cared for their family while on state or federal benefits. The family financial support may suddenly be lost through divorce, death, job loss or other circumstances. The member of the family who maintained the home becomes a "displaced homemaker." The person may have been either unemployed or underemployed during the time he or she was a homemaker, so long as the homemaker was dependent upon another person for financial support.
We are here to support you every step of the way. We do ask that you:
- Contact your coordinator any time there is a change of employment, income, dependents or contact information.
- Complete an employment and training plan with your coordinator.
- Are on time to scheduled appointments with Re-Entry coordinator or a referred partner agency.
- Agree to be available for follow up, up to 1 year after completing the program so we can document your success.
The Re-Entry Center application process is as follows:
- A referral is made by TMCC or a community partner.
- Student fills out the online Re-Entry application form.
- The Re-Entry Center's Program Coordinator makes contact with the individual and reviews their needs and determines eligibility for the program.
- An Education and Employment plan is created.
Once it is determined that you are eligible to be a program participant, you may immediately begin accessing services. At your first meeting with the Re-Entry Coordinator, you will develop a Career and Educational Plan outlining those services and workshops that will most meet your needs.
Please contact us if you would like further information.