If you’re a high school student in rural America, it’s not always easy to get to school. You may have to travel a lot farther than you would in the city. But what if you live in a rural area and also need to travel with your family to go to work on a farm? How would you get to high school? Could you go to college?
“Education Is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World” — Nelson Mandela
National Reentry Week was April 23-29, during which Pennsylvania Department of Corrections leadership visited a program that history very well may judge has the most effective intervention yet at reducing the likelihood of future crimes being committed by individuals coming through our system. It’s a program that’s been changing lives since its inception – a program that many of us have completed. This program is called a college education.
Pennsylvania is fortunate to have four such programs operating in prisons across the state. On Tuesday, I was joined by the President of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Dr. Michael Driscoll at State Correctional Institution Pine Grove, where we were honored to sit in on a college class.