Program Website: https://www.guilford.edu/heip
Program Description: In spring 2014, through a collaborative, strategic effort with the Center for Principled Problem Solving, the Office of the President, the Office of the Academic Dean, Professor Barbara Lawrence, the Department of Justice and Policy Studies and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Guilford College and the Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) began a two-year pilot program called the Higher Education in Prison Program (HEIPP).
The program facilitates ten college courses and an employability certification for a cohort of fifteen students who are incarcerated in a medium security men’s prison in North Carolina.
Twice a week, Guilford College professors teach in a nontraditional classroom, to nontraditional college students who are engaged, determined and focused.
On Friday evenings, volunteer mentors and tutors provide support for the HEIPP students. Mentors and tutors are Guilford alumni and current students. Each volunteer mentor and tutor receives prison orientation and training, as well as Guilford College mentor and tutor training. These mentors and tutors volunteer their time selflessly to ensure that their peers located at the prison receive the aid and support that their peers on the Guilford College campus would receive — truly seeking to live up to Guilford’s Core Value of Equality in education.
Degrees Offered: Not degree granting, but is credit-bearing
Unique Features: In spring 2015, Project F.A.C.E. (Family and Community Engagement) was launched as a community-based program effort of the Higher Education in Prison Program. Project F.A.C.E. is a current PPS Partnership Project. The project goals are to lessen the stigma of having a loved one in prison, coordinate resource services to provide support for families and communities and facilitate the building of support systems for communities to lessen the impact of incarceration on its members.
Headquarters: Greensboro, North Carolina
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Year Founded: 2014
Founders: Tiffany Kallam
College/University/Organization Partnerships: Guilford College