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NexStep Unlocked

Studies show significant reduction in recidivism when citizens re-entering the community gain education, skills, and gainful employment. NexStep Unlocked is aimed at helping Kansans exiting the system successfully maintain their freedom. This program utilizes NexStep Alliance, a partnership of Goodwill Industries of Kansas and WSU Tech, an accredited adult education program allowing qualified participants the opportunity to study a technical career and earn their high school diploma upon completion. With guidance, they will move into an in-demand career to support their goals and family.

Individuals on probation/parole may apply to the program through their probation/parole officer.

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How Unlocked Works

With the support of various community partners, NexStep Unlocked utilizes a three-tiered system to help students achieve their goals.

  • Education

    Goodwill-authored legislation allows participants immediate, tuition-paid access to fully-accredited college classes that result in industry certifications and a Kansas High School Diploma.

    Assisting In

    GED   |  College Courses  |  Tutoring  |  Career Pathways  |  Scholarships

  • Life Skills

    Turning a job into a career takes training in communication, problem solving, digital skills, and personal finances. We provide life skills training that covers all of these important topics and more.

    Assisting In

    Financial Literacy  |  Digital Skills  |  Communication  |  Individual Mentoring

  • Employment

    The end goal of our program is providing participants with a career – not just a job that comes and goes with the circumstances but a path to sustainable and lasting changes in their lives.

    Assisting In

    Specialized Job Search Assistance  |  Career Exploration  |  Training  |  Resume Assistance  |  Interview Practice & Attire

How Unlocked Helps

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    A High School Diploma reduces recidivism by 35.7%

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    Employment reduces recidivism by another 13.2%

Program Goal

Reduce recidivism through structured and supported education & training

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