For decades, PCC had partnered with PCI to provide access to more traditional courses in trades such as carpentry and electrical work.
In Ross’s vision, that work would continue, but HST would be an entirely new program with credit-bearing classes that could lead to an associate degree. It would also include a liaison that would help connect students with employers post-incarceration.
While Willis worked with the community college system to make that vision come to life, Ross drafted a white paper Sanderson could share with fellow legislators to round up support for funding.
Ross relied heavily on decades of evidence that indicate programs like these are among the most effective ways to reduce the likelihood that incarcerated individuals will return to jail or prison after completing their sentences.