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Educating the Incarcerated

The Prison Bridge Program at College Unbound is hosting the first in a Reentry Symposium series to examine how higher education can play a significant role in the success of people returning home from prison. Discussion will be driven by formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully completed degrees with the aim of supporting others on similar paths to success. The symposium is designed to bring together housing authorities, employers, social services, adult education, and the public sector to develop systems for supporting students through bachelor’s degree completion as a means of reducing recidivism and ending the cycle of incarceration.

Doug Wood of the Ford Foundation, a leading advocate for and evaluator of prison teaching programs, is the keynote speaker.

8:00am Registration
9:00am Opening Remarks

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Where: The Met School - Black Box Theatre - 325 Public Street, Providence, RI 02905

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Our mission is to reinvent higher education for underrepresented returning adult learners, using a model that is individualized, interest-based, project-driven, workplace-enhanced, cohort-supported, flexible, supportive, and affordable. College Unbound integrates the students’ own purposes for learning with the needs of their workplaces and communities, improving the lives of the students and the lives of those they touch. As a degree completion college, College Unbound provides access, support through completion, and career placement, ensuring that students get in, stay in, and move forward.
College Unbound has partnered with Charter Oak State College to help students earn college degrees. College Unbound provides the support services. Charter Oak provides the courses. Together they have created a project-based concentration to help students develop 21st century work skills. Or students can develop an individualized concentration to meet their unique needs or select a subject area concentration. Students become a part of the Charter Oak student body, and as such are eligible for all support services. Students graduate with a degree from Charter Oak State College.