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College in prison program gets funding boost

Aug 08, 2017 6:30 am
Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office Mon., Aug. 7, announced a $7.3 million funding boost for a program that provides college classes to the incarcerated in state prisons. Individuals imprisoned at various state facilities statewide have the opportunity to enroll in the College-in-Prison Reentry Program. Through the program they are able to take classes and earn credits toward an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or industry-recognized certificate. The new funding announced Monday will create more than 2,500 seats for college programs, or about 500-600 new seats per year. The funding will support classes provided by a mix of SUNY and private colleges at correctional facilities across the state, including Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Educational institutions taking part include Bard College and Cornell University. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.