Ohio College gives a level to jail inmates

A university in Ohio offers prison inmates the opportunity to receive further education. Officials announced Tuesday that Kent State University in Trumbull will offer inmates at the Trumbull Correctional Institution the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies. Kent State Trumbull and LaunchNET Kent State is joining Sinclair Community College to offer the program. Sinclair has been offering an Associate in Business Management for the past two years so those who have received their Associates are ready to begin their bachelor’s degrees. Inmates can also take a certificate in entrepreneurship. “We chose the BTAS with Entrepreneurship Training because it is difficult for people with crime to be hired by employers,” said Kristenne Robison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Criminology and Legal Studies. “By developing entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, as well as providing credentials, graduates of the program can start a business, fund their entrepreneurial endeavors, or add value to local employers.” A recent study found that inmates enrolled in a training program for Prisons during their incarceration were 43% less likely to relapse than inmates who did not attend. The Kent state prisons education program has been in progress since January 2020, officials said. The program was made possible through funding support from local foundations.

A university in Ohio offers prison inmates the opportunity to receive further education.

Officials announced Tuesday that Kent State University in Trumbull will offer inmates at the Trumbull Correctional Institution the opportunity to take a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied studies.

Kent State Trumbull and LaunchNET Kent State are joining Sinclair Community College to offer the program.

Sinclair has been offering an Associate in Business Management for the past two years so those who have received their Associates are ready to begin their bachelor’s degrees. Inmates can also take a certificate in entrepreneurship.

“We chose the BTAS with Entrepreneurship Training because it is difficult for people with crime to be hired by employers,” said Kristenne Robison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Criminology and Legal Studies. “By developing their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, as well as generating credentials, program graduates can start a business, fund their entrepreneurial endeavors, or add value to local employers.”

A recent study found that inmates who participated in a correctional training program while incarcerated were 43% less likely to relapse than inmates who did not.

The Kent state prisons education program has been in progress since January 2020, officials said.

The program was made possible by financial support from local foundations.

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