Incarcerated students get a second chance thanks to new Madison College program
Leaders of Madison College and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) honored graduates of the Racine Young Offenders Correctional Facility (RYOCF) Friday, May 20.
The winners included the first group of DOC nursing students to earn a technical degree through Madison College’s Second Chance Pell Grant program. All 12 students who participated in the program graduated in Small Business Entrepreneurship at RYOCF.
“These young men come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common,” said Dr. Jack Daniels III, president of Madison College. “They are looking for a positive change in their lives and the college’s Second Chance Pell Grant program helps them get there.”
As the dozen graduates represent the first group of DOC-supported people to participate in Second Chance Pell through Madison College, the college is expanding the program and plans to enroll 60 students at six DOC institutions in the fall. .
“I am proud of our agency’s collaboration with technical colleges across the state to make these opportunities available to those in our care,” said RYOCF Warden Je’Leslie Taylor. “I am also proud of the honored students today. It takes partnerships and resources, but it’s up to each of these young men to set goals.
Madison College was among a new group of schools included in the U.S. Department of Education’s expansion of the Pell Second Chance Experimental Sites initiative in 2020. The initiative offers Pell Grants based on needs to people in state and federal prisons. The U.S. Department of Education announced last month that more colleges are being added to this initiative, bringing the total number of schools able to participate in the second-chance Pell experiment nationwide to 200.