Madison College selected as new Second Chance Pell site
WASHINGTON, DC — Madison College is among a new group of schools included in the the U.S. Department of Education's expansion of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, which provides need-based Pell grants to inmates in state and federal prisons. Second Chance Pell schools now include 130 colleges in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Studies show providing access to postsecondary education in prison means inmates are far less likely to recidivate and are better equipped to play productive and positive roles within their communities. Access to postsecondary education also improves prison safety for both incarcerated people and corrections employees alike.
“The ability to support students who may not have thought education was possible is the foundation of our work here at Madison College," said Dr. Jack Daniels, president of Madison College. Participating in such a pivotal program through the U.S. Department of Education will provide access for incarcerated students to attain workforce skills that will go a long way in securing a successful future for themselves. Madison College is fully committed to the success of this program and the students who enroll.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she has seen firsthand the transformative impact Second Chance Pell has had on those who are incarcerated.
“By expanding this experiment, we are providing a meaningful opportunity for more students to set themselves up for future success in the workforce," said DeVos.
To see a full list of the new sites selected for Second Chance Pell, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
Madison College serves more than 33,000 students throughout a 12-county district in south-central Wisconsin, offering nearly 180 diverse career programs, diplomas and certificates. Its mission is to provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning and success in the communities it serves. Madison College is the second-largest institution in the Wisconsin Technical College System.