On Tuesday, July 10 the Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI) celebrated 115 women graduating from the Prison Education Program offered through Sinclair Community College. Out of these women, 46 have already been released from the institution. This is a record year for certificate completion at DCI with over 350 certificates awarded between Fall 2017 and Summer 2018.
Sinclair began offering post-secondary programming to incarcerated individuals in 1987 at the Dayton Correctional Institution. There are nearly 1,351 students today throughout Ohio in Sinclair’s Advanced Job Training Prison Education Program. A total of 332 students have enrolled during the Summer 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, completing as many as 3,593 credit hours with a completion rate of 95.8%. As many as 304 certificates were awarded during this time and over 200 students were recognized on the Dean’s List. The Summer 2018 semester currently has 120 students on track to complete 145 certificates. Since Spring 2013, Sinclair has offered 490 classes at DCI. Students have completed more than 650 certificates.
Correctional education helps taxpayers save thousands of dollars and continues to grow and positively impact the state. Some of the certificate programs include; Agribusiness, Social Service Assistant, Culinary Management, Business Foundations and Entrepreneurship.