Bedford Hills College Program
"For those of us who are incarcerated once we leave there aren't too many opportunities for us and i feel like as far as school is concerned, for me it will give me the best opportunity to reintegrate. it will give me the best opportunity to remain a productive member of society. It will give me the opportunity to at least give myself a shot at living again." -one inmate at the facility.
What is the prison program?
The college program at Bedford Hills was founded in 1996 after seven inmates wanted to create a new college program in the facility. -Most women in the program have not gone to college before
-Women in the prison who participate in the college program can receive an associate degree of Arts in Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree.
-The college credits are offered by Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. In order to receive a degree they take the same courses as students in Manhattan. Such classes are the General Education Initiative, classes in art, history, creative writing, computer systems and the sciences
-All applicants must take placement exams. The scores they receive place the in either non-credit preparatory classes or credit-bearing classes.
-The program has expanded from its initial enrollment of 39 students and three classes to 175 students.
-Over 100 students since 1997 have graduated
What exactly does the program offer?
-Offers college-prep courses: writing and math
-Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED
-Around 2-3 courses per semester
-The program provides textbooks and school supplies
-Associate degree of Arts in Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree.
-guest speakers and skills enhancement workshops are frequent