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OIEP Goes To College (101)


College 101 will debut in eight OIEP facilities this spring allowing students to earn three college credits while learning invaluable life skills. It lets the students focus on career pathways and develop vital academic proficiencies which will aid them in the transition to higher education.

This innovative opportunity is being offered by the Career and Technical College System of WV, Inc and has been successfully piloted in conventional high schools across West Virginia. Participating facilities include: Anthony Correctional Center, Pruntytown Correctional Center, Pressley Ridge at White Oak Village, St. Mary’s Correctional Center, Central Regional Jail, Denmar Correctional Center, West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth, and Huttonsville Correctional Center.

Our nontraditional students will explore how to successfully navigate through college admissions and financial aid and they will also develop “soft skills” necessary to communicate effectively with fellow students and professors.  Most importantly, students will construct a realistic Education Plan outlining their short and long term educational goals. The anticipation is that our students will leave placement or incarceration knowing that they have what it takes to be successful in higher education and employment thus returning to their communities’ responsible, informed citizens.                                                                                         


Kari L Rice
Posted:January 28, 2009