Below you will find a description of each of the sessions that make up the Progression workshop. To find out more about the creator and facilitator’s personal story and what lead to each particular session being included please click the links that say “Workbook Introduction”.
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Session 1: The Transformative Nature of Post-Secondary Education
The first session of the workshop is on the transformative nature of post-secondary education. This session is designed to be an introduction to the workshop. At the end of this session students will be able to name other workshop participants, describe ways in which post-secondary education can be transformative, match various academic disciplines with their descriptions and name people who came before them who have successfully transitioned from prison to college and beyond.
Session 2: Financial Aid
The second session is on financial aid. Financial aid can be very beneficial as it is the only avenue for many formerly incarcerated college students to attend college but it also can be the cause of much worry and concern. At the end of this session participants will be able to match types of aid to their description, review the requirements for eligibility, identify scholarship opportunities, and ultimately apply for financial aid at Tacoma Community College.
Session 3: Leaving the Criminal Lifestyle Behind
The third session is on leaving the criminal lifestyle behind. This is a critical element of any successful transition from prison to college. Preventing recidivism is what this project is all about and in order to prevent recidivism participants must leave the criminal lifestyle behind them. At the end of this session participants will be able to describe the circumstances that lead to their incarceration, identify people and places to avoid in order to prevent recidivism, differentiate between positive and negative influences and demonstrate a change in attitudes and behaviors that could lead to recidivism.
Session 4: Community Resources
The fourth session of the workshop is about community resources. There are resources out there but people cannot take advantage of them if they are unaware. At the end of this session participants will be able to match organizations with resources provided, identify which resources they need and qualify for, and ultimately apply for and utilize resources.
Session 5: Academic & Career Options
The fifth session pertains to academic and career options. All potential college students should know their options but for many people coming out of prison, especially those who are going to be first-generation college students, this information has not been made available to them. At the end of this session participants will be able to list potential careers, identify barriers/weaknesses, identify advantages/strengths, describe the pros and cons of potential paths, differentiate been realistic and unrealistic possibilities, choose a degree program, and ultimately apply for admission to Tacoma Community College.
Session 6: College Life
The sixth session of the workshop is on the college life. More specifically, it is about navigating the campus, utilizing campus resources, and managing time wisely. These are important aspects of any successful journey from prison to college. At the end of this session participants will be able to match campus organizations with their functions, identify ways in which they can get involved on campus, match campus resources with their functions, match essential campus departments with their functions, and organize their daily activities in a productive manner.
Session 7: Being a Formerly Incarcerated College Student
The seventh session is on being a felon on campus. Although convicted felon is not written on our foreheads, we might still see impacts related to our criminal history. At the end of this session participants will be able to define stigma, choose the appropriate times to self-disclose, explain how their background informs their contributions and views and define themselves in positive terms.
Session 8: Facing Adversity
The eighth session is about facing adversity. Retention is a huge concern with the population that this workshop is designed to help. Knowing how to deal with adversity when it arises, regardless of which type, is key to completing a college degree for formerly incarcerated people. At the end of this session participants will be able to define resiliency, solve problems that arise effectively, describe processes and polices related to changes in registration, match campus resources and departments with their functions, and differentiate between real and perceived barriers.
Session 9: Doing School Work
The ninth session in the workshop is on doing school work. Many of the people who go from prison to college have had long gaps in their education. Many are first generation college students. Many do not know what to expect in terms of school work. At the end of this session participants will be able to define plagiarism, match popular software tiles and online platforms to their uses, list popular citation styles, explaining the grading scale at TCC, choose appropriate sources for papers, and describe various types of potential assignments.
Session 10: Bringing it all Together
The tenth session of the workshop is a conclusion. This is where participants will be set to begin their journey. At the end of this session participants will be able to explain their plans for the immediate future and actually get started. They will have applied for financial aid and admission at this point and likely awaiting the results.