Jobs for felons can be challenging to find, especially if you have specific types of felonies that prohibit employment in sectors such as financial, security, or public service. If you have a felony conviction, and if you are concerned about your ability find work, then it is important to consider how you can improve your options using community college distance learning courses.
While many convicted felons are eligible to pursue higher education, we find that many do not simply due to lack of resources, lack of transportation, or lack of funds. Because community college distance learning offers opportunities for full college degrees from the convenience of your home, transportation to and from school is not a concern. In addition, because community college courses are often far less expensive than a four-year college or university, most individuals with a felony conviction can afford one or two classes per semester and can even purse accelerated distance learning.
If you have an interest in pursing a college degree, and if you have a felony conviction, it is important to not become discouraged by the obstacles placed in front of you. Contact your local community college online and inquire about degree plans made available for distance learning options. By narrowing your focus in education majors to only those degrees that are offered in a distance learning setting, you can increase your opportunities for attending school.
In terms of funding, it is possible to complete your FASFA and obtain all necessary financial aid documents by mail or online. Again, just because you have a felony conviction, this does not mean that you can not pursue your dream of higher education. Ultimately, by taking community college distance learning courses, and completing a degree through the community college, you will create more job opportunities despite your felony conviction. Education is key to successfully integrating back into the workforce and finding a new career in a profession you enjoy.
Sources: Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck, by Michael Rubin