Construction company builds second chances for former inmates

By Laura Gómez | The Republic

Troy Barbush says teaching elementary school children and adults with felony convictions is the same.

Barbush, a former teacher in the Deer Valley Unified School District, now runs a training program that teaches adults recently released from state prison how to wire a house for electric.

He works at Avondale-based residential electrical installation company Austin Electric, which partners with the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona and Arizona Department of Corrections to recruit inmates nearing their release date and offer them jobs once they’re out.

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