Program Website: https://calvin.edu/prison-initiative/
Program Description: We offer a B.A. in Ministry Leadership to people who are incarcerated in the Michigan Department of Corrections. It is a five-year program. We are currently in our third year. We admit 20 students per year from various prisons throughout Michigan, and the students are transferred to a prison in Ionia, MI, for residential instruction. After five years, we will have 100 students in the program, and after that we will admit 20 students per year and graduate 20 students per year. Most of our students are serving long sentences and after graduation will be transferred to various prison to provide community leadership in existing programs and start new programs.
Degrees Offered: B.A.
Programs Offered: Ministry Leadership
Unique Features: Our program is residential and every course is face-to-face instruction. Our students each have a laptop computer which they can use every day, seven days a week.
Headquarters: Ionia, MI
Correctional Facilities Served: Richard Handlon Prison
Number of Students: 57
Graduates to Date:
Year Founded: 2015
Founders: Several professors and administrators from Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
College/University/Organization Partnerships: Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary
Funding: Private donors and foundations.