Jacksonville, Fl (November 2, 2018) – Operation New Hope, in partnership with FSCJ, announced the graduation of 13 individuals from its Jacksonville Port Academy program on Friday. The JPA vocational training program combines classroom work with forklift instruction in a 40-hour format, designed to expedite training skills in demand for employers working in the transportation and logistics sector in North Florida. This is one of 13 vocational training programs available at no cost to graduates of the Operation New Hope Career Development course. Participants qualify by having been released from incarceration, or currently on probation. Rather than pay tuition, students may earn conditional basic income to assist with meeting basic needs while acquiring skills that enable them to earn a sustainable wage upon program completion. Job coaches at Operation New Hope work with a network of hundreds of local employers to match jobs with graduates. Operation New Hope celebrates 20 years of serving the formerly incarcerated population in 2019.