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Job center bringing opportunities to Wisconsin inmates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A prison near Madison is giving inmates access to a Wisconsin Job Center to help them prepare for life after their release.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Oakhill Correctional Institution inmates can use the center's computers with limited internet access to build resumes, search and apply for jobs, and set up interviews via email.

Jennifer Brikowski is an employment and training specialist based at the Dane County Job Center. She says the center has been operational for a few weeks and at least one inmate has already found success.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate has been about 3 percent for the past eight months. State officials say there are more job openings than there are job seekers. Officials hope to open more job centers at prison to help with the issue.

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