Marking a first for Wisconsin, a group of state prisoners graduated Tuesday with bachelor’s degrees — the first class of students to earn a four-year degree while incarcerated.
In a first-of-its-kind program in a state corrections facility, 20 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution graduated Tuesday, July 27 with bachelor's degrees after four years of studies. Some even transferred from lower-security facilities to the max-security prison for the opportunity despite not being eligible for release for decades.
Four years ago, people who are incarcerated in Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities had the opportunity to enroll in a liberal arts program through Trinity International University. On Tuesday, 20 of those students became the first to ever graduate with a bachelor's degree in a Wisconsin DOC-sponsored program at Waupun Correction Facility.
This week, Trinity International University began its sixth week of distance learning with classes taught online due to the widespread COVID-19 situation. As a result of no in-person classes and in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all athletic events at TIU, as well as in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the […] [READ MORE]