03/06/2013 05:17 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2013

CTA Ex-Convict Program: Agency Hiring 200 More Ex-Cons For Apprentice Program

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Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

HUMBOLDT PARK — The CTA on Wednesday announced plans to quadruple its apprenticeship program for ex-convicts, adding 200 paid positions in the coming year.

“If you want to make sure that an ex-offender does not become a repeat offender, you have to have job opportunities for them to prove themselves,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who announced the expansion from a CTA bus facility in Humboldt Park.

The program allows ex-offenders who have had “nonviolent brushes with the law” to train for nine months or one year at $9.50 per hour, CTA President Forrest Claypool said. Typical duties include cleaning or servicing equipment.

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