Prison Education Initiative
Jackson College has been a huge proponent for and a successful contributor to Offender Rehabilitation through Higher Education since the early 1970’s. JCC started prison education at the request of the MDOC in the early 1970s—in response to a riot. The program grew to the largest in the nation, then was ended with the 1994 Violent Crime Act, which removed PELL from incarcerated students…and the subsequent withdrawal of State aid that followed the above act.
The Prison Education Initiative (PEI) had a rebirth in 2012 with a successful Self-Pay program established at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility. That program has grown to include four additional facilities, providing educational opportunities for over 600+ students.
PEI offers incarcerated students an opportunity to earn college credits toward a General Transfer Certificate, a Business Administration Certificate, Business Administration Associate in Applied Science, Associate of Arts, and/or an Associate in General Studies degree.
Our classes are small, taught face to face by Jackson College part- and full-time professors, and transfer seamlessly to all colleges and universities participating in the Michigan Transfer Agreement. PEI students excel in their course work. Many are currently on the Dean’s List and have earned awards for academic excellence.
Mission Statement: To provide educational opportunities for incarcerated students by helping them to identify and achieve their goals.
Vision: PEI Equips Students with the essential life skills necessary for positive reentry, life success, and sustainability through higher education.