What happens when professors from schools such as University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and Cal State volunteer their time to teach inmates about topics ranging from philosophy to mathematics?
Check out this incredibly moving video about the nonprofit organization Prison University Project, which, with the help of 10 full-time staff and more than 100 volunteers, educates inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California. The program receives no state or federal funding.
Graduates earn an associate’s degree by taking 20 classes that equates out to 60 credit hours. They must have a high school diploma or GED to participate.
Currently, 330 students are enrolled, and more than 400 are on the waitlist.
Click here to meet some of the students and learn more about the Prison University Project.
Sheena McFarland has worked in the communication field for more than a decade. She currently is a communications specialist for The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, telling the stories of students, faculty and staff through traditional and new media. She continues to freelance for The Salt Lake Tribune, where she was a reporter and editor, covering topics ranging from education to government to astronomy. She graduated from the University of Utah with a communication degree and minors in French and biology teaching.