Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Author: Terri Pederson
Moraine Park Technical College Dean of Economics and Workforce Development JoAnn Hall will remember one of the graduates who walked the stage last December for a long time.
The graduate was unknown to any of the students but worked hard while studying at a local prison and achieved two goals in a short period of graduating: earning his associate’s degree and ending his term in prison.
“We had our very first student who started his degree while incarcerated, was released while in the program and finished the program post incarceration, and he walked our graduation stage in December,” Hall said. “I had the privilege of chatting with him after graduation that day, and his family couldn’t have been more proud, and the college couldn’t have been more proud.”
More inmates could have the opportunity to take college classes soon, because starting July 1 Pell grants will be available to people who are incarcerated. It’s the first time since 1994 that the grants will be widely available to inmates.
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