Released August 9, 2016

Quinebaug Valley Community College is one of 67 nationwide selected by the White House to participate in the new Second Chance Pell pilot program that allows eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to pursue postsecondary education.

The program’s goal is to enroll approximately 12,000 incarcerated students across the country who are likely to be released within five years of enrolling in coursework.

Beginning this fall, QVCC will run two programs—advanced manufacturing and business administration—at the Brooklyn Correctional Institution. According to Alfred Williams, dean of academic affairs and student services, there will be two cohorts of 30 students starting classes at the end of August.

Manufacturing students will be able to take the required non-lab courses; upon release they can finish the program at one of the community college manufacturing centers. 

Students wishing to study business administration will be able to complete the advanced management certificate program while incarcerated. Post release, the credits can be applied to the business administration associate’s degree, which they can complete at QVCC or another Connecticut community college.

According to a study by the Department of Justice, incarcerated individuals who participated in correctional education were 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years and experienced increased opportunities for employment and earnings.

The schools chosen for the pilot program demonstrated strong partnerships with state correctional facilities, along with a focus on supporting successful reentry.

In addition to QVCC, Asnuntuck, Middlesex, and Three Rivers Community College were also selected to participate in the Second Chance Pell program.