444 Green St.
Gardner, MA 01440
Program Description: The program’s goal is to lower recidivism rates by providing people who are incarcerated with skills needed to enter college, as well as the field of advanced manufacturing. Incarcerated people who are between six months to 2.5 years from release, who have a high school credential for college entry upon release, are eligible to participate. Participants are currently being identified for courses that will be held at the correctional facility beginning in January. The Bridges to College program will offer activities that prepare students for college placement testing and applying for college admissions and financial aid, as well as tutoring, mentoring, financial literacy, and career and academic guidance. They’ll also receive advanced manufacturing industrial readiness training, which embeds contextualized academic remediation instruction in reading, writing and math, and is complemented by college preparation, financial aid/literacy and career workshops and counseling.
Programs Offered: Public – Two Year
Correctional Facilities Served: North Central Correctional Institute in Gardner, the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Shirley, and the Federal Medical Center in Devens.
Number of Students: 72
Graduates to Date:
College/University/Organization Partnerships: Mt. Wachussett Community College. Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
Funding: $79,000 from The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.