June 24, 2016
Goucher was one of 67 colleges and universities selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell pilot program, which will allow incarcerated Americans to access Pell Grants to pursue post-secondary education.
“I believe in second chances—and I think we need more…programs like the Goucher Prison Education Partnership,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a recent interview with U.S. Weekly.
The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a division of Goucher College, has offered men and women incarcerated in Maryland the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education since 2012. Since its inception, GPEP has awarded college credits, setting Goucher students at the prisons on a path toward earning a bachelor’s degree. GPEP offers a selection of Goucher College classes that are the same as those taught at the main campus in Towson, Maryland. They are highly transferable, allowing men and women released before program completion to finish their education on either Goucher’s main campus or at another college or university.