LA CROSSE CO., WI -

La Crosse County will lead the way on creating a new model for jail education.

Western Technical College received a grant from the Department of Education for "Project Proven."

The idea is to help former inmates continue programs like GED classes and financial literacy courses that are available while they're incarcerated, and avoid a revolving door at the jail. "Absolutely bottom line is to reduce recidivism, the county jail has populations that go in and out constantly," said Project Proven Coordinator Tonya Van Tol.

She hopes the program participants will continue their education and find a meaningful job. She believes that will keep them out of jail.