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College Classes in Maximum Security

There was an NPR segment on "College Classes in Maximum Security", link:  http://n.pr/2nBo3Zm

How many in this community offer College Classes, in addition to, the adult education courses?  Our program is looking at starting this, what suggestions do you have as we start this process?

Brooke

 

 

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BrookeIstas's picture

I am still looking for ideas to help our Community College....does anyone teach in this type of setting?  What are some roadblocks?  What advice can you give us as we look at getting started?

misschristine's picture

We offer Vocational classes at our maximum security prison.  Some of the biggest obstacles we have to overcome is supplies.  The books we for the occupational math class are no longer in print.  The community college has gone to an online version of the book, however, our inmates cannot access anything online.  Make sure in your partnership, that you have a relationship with the college so that you can get resources.  Education is a low priority in the DOC's budget.

BrookeIstas's picture

Thank you!  And you are right most of the books here at the community college are etexts - perhaps I should ask the bookstore for the old versions of textbooks or have you had much experience with Open Source Textbooks?  There has been a lot of discussions about those on campus lately.

Brooke

Edmund Graham's picture

Take a look at the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois and University of Utah Prison Project.

BrookeIstas's picture

Thank you, Edmund!  This is an excellent website:  http://www.educationjustice.net/home/  and https://our.utah.edu/spur/2018-projects/prison-education/ 

Both are a wealth of information and I appreciate your guidance.

 

Edmund Graham's picture

You're welcome!