Correctional Reentry to Reinvention:
Auto Repair, HVAC/R, CDL, Drones, Culinary Arts:
We’re here to provide our community members with a second chance for a fresh start. With experienced staff and dedicated participants, 74% percent of candidates complete our vocational programs, and 75% of those who complete our programs are able to secure meaningful, fulfilling work. With VTC, our students are family, and their second chance is our first priority.
“If we can turn one life around, they then can turn other lives around and the social mobility that we’re able to create through our programs by keeping people out of prison, off the streets, off the homeless roles — it’s just amazing. It’s not just training. It’s training that’s getting people employed. At the end of the day you just feel so blessed that you were able to do these types of programs.” — Herb Hoelter, CEO of NCIA
“Everyone deserves a chance, everyone deserves support, everyone at some point needs some help…We work with them individually to provide the services that they need. No matter what your background or the mistakes you’ve made, NCIA has always been there to lend a helping hand and assist in any way possible. As our graduates succeed, it’s a rewarding experience and continues to inspire us to do this work.”—Katie Hoelter, Executive Director VTC Mid-Eastern Region
``NCIA gave me hope. They gave me the self esteem and confidence that I needed to rebuild and reinvent myself.`` Robin Gunn, Automotive Student
“It feels good to know that I have support through NCIA, financial, moral and mental support. They will listen. They will help me come up with a solution and a plan for myself. They gave me the tools I needed to grow, because I knew I had it within me, I just needed somebody to enhance it.” -Raymon Hall, CDL Student
“It is my pleasure today to support NCIA as they create these vocational training centers to build jobs, economic security, and the skillsets to those who need it the most”. -Lynette Bell, President of the Truist Foundation
The mission of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) is to help create a society in which all persons who come into contact with human service or correctional systems are provided an environment of individual care, concern, and treatment. NCIA is dedicated to developing quality programs and professional services that advocate timely intervention and unconditional care.
The HJH Vocational Training Center provides vocational training and support services to veterans, returning citizens, opportunity youth and those receiving federal assistance.