Program Website: http://www.theinitiativetn.org/
Contacts: Molly Lasagna, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Description: THEI funds and coordinates on-site degree-bearing college programs to incarcerated individuals in Tennessee prisons, leading to Associate’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.
Degrees Offered: Associate’s Degree in Political Science or Business Administration
Unique Features: We are one of the few programs with internet access. Our students at Turney Center matriculate in both on-site and online courses. Also, we are piloting a College Prep program this summer that we are excited about!
Headquarters: Nashville, TN
Correctional Facilities Served: We have a contract with Tennessee Department of Correction and currently operate programs at Turney Center Industrial Complex and Northwest Correctional Complex.
Population Served: We operate inside men’s facilities (all levels of security).
Number of Students: 135 for Summer 2018, 160 by Fall 2018.
Graduates to Date: 23
Year Founded: 2012
Founders: Dr. Julie Doochin in partnership with Dr. George Van Allen, former president of Nashville State Community College.
College/University/Organization Partnerships: We are a non-profit organization, working in partnership with Nashville State Community College and Dyersburg State Community College
Funding: We have a diverse portfolio of funding streams. We receive funding from the state of Tennessee as well as through philanthropic organizations and individual donors. Our students also contribute to their own educations, paying in $75 per year (an amount that they designated).