Former Inmate Gives Back By Encouraging Others to Pursue Education

Gina McConnell-Otten turned 12 the day she ran away to escape her abusive home in Lake Stevens. She was 15 when she got addicted to cocaine and 29 when she served her first sentence in a Washington state corrections center on 17 felony counts for drugs, forgery, possession of stolen property, and identity theft. She

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Update: Ohio University’s Print Degree Programs

Ms. Kristi Large was kind enough to contact with the following information about Ohio University’s distance education programs. I am writing from Ohio University eLearning. We are the department that handles online and distance education at Ohio University. I’d like to give you an updated link to use on your Programs for Prisoners page when you

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Applying to College With a Criminal Record

By Levi LaChapelle / Truthout Op-Ed Colleges are staging areas for economic success and personal prosperity. As sociologist Andrew Cherlin recently observed to The New York Times, “A bachelor’s degree is the closest thing to a class boundary that exists today.” Indeed, a report from the Pew Research Center shows that for the last two decades, only college graduates

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There's A Clear Link Between Education, Prison

By Lila Panagides / Springfield News-Leader There has been much talk about national security lately, focusing mostly on the Middle East. Here at home, we are facing a serious national security crisis that, fortunately, is getting some attention — but perhaps not enough from the public. This crisis developed over the last 20 years due

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Drew University's Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis   

Drew University is a New Jersey-based theological school that nurtures Christian partnerships and has become active in prisons. Recalling PEW research that states “1 in every 100 persons in the USA is incarcerated,” the founders of the program believe that incarcerated individuals are members of our communities and that it is an issue that must be embraced whole-heartedly.  To that end, Drew launched the Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons (PREP) to work with prison populations and also provide pastoral and teaching experience for its theological students.  Image courtesy


PREP is based on a prison education model begun in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002, but also incorporates elements of other well-known prison programs in its design.  According to Drew University, the initiative, PREP “creates opportunities for a joint theological learning environment between theological students and students within State correctional facilities.”   The foundation of the program rests upon meaningful academic dialogue fostered by religious overtones.  Practicing ministers engage a diverse population of students; the aim of the program is to help reduce recidivism as well as to help people transform their lives, to find purpose, and to reshape their experience into a brighter path–one leading away from prison and the behaviors that led them there.

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Distance Learning: Rhema Bible College

Master the Word of God with Home Study that is Flexible and Affordable.

The Word of God is full of truth about unconditional love, overflowing joy, and perfect peace. But if you don’t know these Bible truths, chances are you’re not enjoying their benefits. RHEMA Correspondence Bible School can help! RCBS is a non-accredited home Bible study course that is designed with you in mind. This study program allows you the flexibility of paying for one lesson at a time and you may complete the lessons at your own pace. You will receive a certificate of completion for each completed study unit and a RHEMA Correspondence Bible School diploma upon completion of all six units. Enroll and pay online, and take a giant first step toward learning The Word.  Image courtesy

Enroll anytime; choose your topic of study; study at your own pace!


Pay as you go – only $25 per lesson!*
(* US Residents rate. Foreign rates are listed on the application form.)

About RCBS


The RCBS study program allows you to pay for one lesson at a time and to complete lessons at your own pace.

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Distance Learning: Durham College

Image courtesy durhamlords.comCorrespondence

Learn from home, from work, or in our labs and create your own study schedule at your own pace. Our correspondence courses are offered on a monthly intake basis and your study kit will be mailed at this time. You have 14 weeks from the start date of your course to complete.

Correspondence course information

  • Register by phone, fax, mail or in-person for the course of your choice. Be sure to use the course codes listed.
  • Your study kit will be couriered to your home from the School of Continuing Education prior to the course’s start date.
  • Course fee includes a $25 supply cost (non-tax deductible).
  • If your course uses a textbook (the title and ISBN number are listed in your study kit), the text can be purchased from the Campus Bookstore. It is not included in the price of the course. You may contact the bookstore at 905.721.3026 and request that your textbook be couriered to you at an additional cost to you.
  • You are assigned an instructor and are provided with the instructor’s fax and/or telephone numbers for consultation.
  • Assignments are to be mailed or faxed to the Continuing Education office at the Oshawa campus for your instructor to receive and mark. Self-addressed, stamped envelopes are included in your study kit for your convenience.
  • Any student-initiated refunds will be subject to a $30 cancellation fee if you withdraw within two weeks of the official start date of your course. After this time no refund will be issued.
  • If you are intending to pursue a college diploma using any of the listed credit courses, please ensure that you have the required prerequisite. You may be asked to provide official transcripts and/or course outlines as proof.
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Sam Houston State University

Image courtesy dallasvoice.comThrough the Correspondence Course Division, Sam Houston State University provides the opportunity for qualified individuals to obtain college credit through correspodence course study.

Correspondence courses offer a challenging and rewarding opportunity to earn credit for college courses without attending an organized class. Students may study at their own rate and at the time and place of their choosing. This service has been proven highly beneficial for those who desire to continue their college work, to teachers who wish to take courses leading to additional certification or who are in need of additional study in the disciplines they teach, and to citizens who wish to broaden their learning.

Unless otherwise specified, each correspondence course carries three semester hours of college credit and includes an amount of work similar to that required for a course taken in residence.

Correspondence courses are not offered at the graduate level, nor can any correspondence course taken at any level or at any institution count toward a graduate degree at Sam Houston State University.

“Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404.679.4501) to award bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees.”


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Arkansas State University Distance Learning

Correspondence Courses A correspondence course is a home study course offered by a school under which instructional and examination materials are provided to students who are not physically attending classes. Differences in Correspondence Courses There are several differences between correspondence courses and regular courses taught on campus for students wishing to apply for and receive

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