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Our Mission

Salt Lake Community College's Prison Education Program serves the state of Utah by helping inmates earn college credits that build towards recognized degrees and certificates. All of our courses count towards this goal, and every credit earned on the inside is transferrable to all public colleges and universities in the state.Our curriculum allows inmates to pursue vocational or educational opportunities once released that reduce recidivism and save money for Utah taxpayers.

History of the Program

Salt Lake Community College started its Prison Education Program in 2017, supported by an appropriation from the Utah State Legislature. All prison education programs across the country at that time were considered Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites by the Department of Education. Now that Pell eligibility has been restored across the country for incarcerated students as a result of bipartisan legislation passed during the Trump administration, we will be applying to the U.S. Department of Education for permanent status as a prison education site.