OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections interim Director Joe M. Allbaugh released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of 67 colleges and universities selected to participate in the new Second Chance Pell Pilot Program.
Three Oklahoma higher education entities were selected to participate in the program, Tulsa Community College, Conners State College and Langston University.
The pilot program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue post-secondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support their families when they are released.
“The path to hope and prosperity for many incarcerated individuals is through education and programming,” Allbaugh said. “The Second Chance Pell Pilot Program will give three education providers in the state’s higher education system the opportunity to provide assistance to incarcerated Oklahomans. This means more education for more individuals who will hopefully get out, find a job and support themselves and their families.”
“I appreciate the U.S. Department of Education for its selection of Tulsa Community College, Conners State College and Langston University to receive Pell-financed instruction,” Allbaugh said. “We will take full advantage of this opportunity to ensure inmates in our system are ready to go back into communities with the skill set they need to become contributing members of society.”