The Turning Point | Ascendium Education Group, Inc. Skip to main content


Ascendium in the News September 09, 2021

The Turning Point

Source: Iowa Department of Education
Author: N/A

Sixty credits. That’s the maximum number of college credit hours an inmate can take while at the Newton Correctional Facility. For former inmates Matt Stickley and Chad Shearon, 60 wasn’t just a number or a goal: It was an opportunity to change their lives.

Through a partnership with Grinnell College, accredited and non-accredited courses were offered to Stickley and Shearon while serving their sentences, and both men individually took a wide variety of classes ranging from humanities to music theory to sociology.

“I decided to use my time the best I could and make something of myself,” said Shearon, who pursued studies in neuroscience. “This was an opportunity for me to fulfill my education. The classes gave me hope that there is a future, that I could complete my degree and do something better with my life.

“It was a godsend that this opportunity was presented to me.”

Read the full article at the Iowa Department of Education website.

< Back to News