Prison 2 College

  • Section 1 - Introduction

    The first session of the workshop is on the transformative nature of post-secondary education. This session is designed to be an introduction. 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.

  • Section 2 - 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.

  • Section 3 - Community Resources

    In session 3, we focus on tapping in to community & campus resources. In-person workshops get much more in depth and resources are actually shared. Due to the universal nature of the digital course, resources will not be shared here as they are typically specific to local areas.

  • Section 4 - Financial AId

    The fourth session is on financial aid. At the end of this session participants will be able to match types of aid to their description, review the review the requirements for eligibility, identify scholarship opportunities, and ultimately apply for financial aid.

  • Section 5 - Academic & Career Options

    Session five 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.

  • Section 6 - Campus Life

    The sixth session of the workshop is on the Campus 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.

  • Section 7 - Being a Formerly Incarcerated College Student

    Session seven is on being a formerly incarcerated college student. 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.

  • Section 8 - Overcoming 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 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 policies related to changes in registration, match campus resources and departments with their functions, and differentiate between real and perceived barriers.

  • Section 9 - Doing School Work
  • Section 10 - Bringing it all Together

Prison 2 College

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