Higher Education in Prison Program Prepares a Pathway for More Students

November 28, 2022
Katy Swordfisk

In the last four years, PSU’s Higher Education in Prison (HEP) program has grown from a single class offered at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to a bachelor’s degree program with a college readiness navigator — and will continue its growth into 2023 with Pell Grant funding, online courses and a new full-time program administrator to guide HEP into the future. Hiring a Program Administrator will help the program tremendously.

Providing space for previously incarcerated students to feel supported is just one reason why it’s important to Arthur that the new program administrator has lived experience in the prison system. That experience will lend agency and integrity to the position and the program at large.