HOLLAND — Representatives from the Michigan Division of Corrections visited Holland on Thursday, Jan. 12, assembly with leaders from Hope School and Western Theological Seminary to debate increased schooling in prisons. 

Extra:Jail schooling program from Hope, Western Theological Seminary will get official approval

Hope School, WTS and MDOC accomplice to run the Hope-Western Jail Training Program, which operates out of the Muskegon Correctional Facility. This system began as a pilot in 2019 and has grown into a completely accredited program. 

Kyle Kaminski, administrator for Offender Success Administration at MDOC, mentioned the division is happy in regards to the progress of HWPEP.

“We’re actually enthusiastic about our partnership,” Kaminski, who oversees schooling for MDOC statewide, mentioned. “This system is basically withdrawing. It’s persevering with to get stronger and stronger.”

There are presently 23 college students in this system at MCF. The aim is to develop to round 80 college students in 4 cohorts. The primary individuals may full their levels as quickly as Could 2025. This system is directed by Hope professor Richard Ray and WTS professor David Stubbs.

Programs are taught by Hope and WTS professors on the correctional facility. There are 5 lessons provided this semester, with plans to develop to 12 or 13 lessons per semester within the coming years.


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