Ex-Offenders Prepare for Work, and Life, at Community Colleges

Amanda L Smith for The Chronicle

A student with tattoos on his hand gestures during a meeting of Chemeketa Community College’s special program for former prisoners, a partnership with the sheriff’s office and other local groups.
June 25, 2012 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

The national push to graduate more students excludes no demographic group, and those with lagging completion rates become particular targets of attention. Now some community colleges are zeroing in on another underserved population: ex-offenders.


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