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Title: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: sarah187 on May 21, 2016, 11:32:37 PM
Hi Y'all,

Just wondering if anyone is aware of any free/affordable distance education programs that are available to currently incarcerated individuals? Please feel free to leave details of organizations/institutions, links or contact details as well as details of your l/o's who may have participated in such programs and their experiences.

Thank you kindly for your time!
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: tkesde1 on May 23, 2016, 12:05:50 PM
http://blackstone.edu/paralegal-courses-inmate-information/

My husband completed this program. The cost was $59/mo, I believe there is a $39/mo option as well over two years instead of over a year.

He is out now and is doing some specialization through them which is also fairly inexpensive. It is an accredited program and he has learned quite a bit. He is qualified to work on wills & trusts, power of attorneys, pro se divorces, disability paperwork, child support, etc. These are just the things I have seen him work on while he has been out.  Of course, finding a job on parole is hard, but many lawyers have spoken to him about employment after parole. Until then, he works from home & has his own business. He doesn't make much money, but it gives him something to do and gives him a purpose.

Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: sarah187 on October 06, 2016, 10:25:51 AM
Thank you so much for getting back to me! Do you know if a GED is needed to be eligible to take this course? I wish you and your husband all the best x
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: tkesde1 on March 02, 2018, 10:48:38 AM
I wanted to update this, my hubby came off parole in December and is now working as a paralegal in a lawyer's office making more money than I do - I have a master's degree. What is wrong with this world, lol. Seriously though, I am so happy for him and even more so, I am proud of him for putting himself through this course while he was incarcerated and remaining persistent in handing out resumes looking for that job he wanted!

 :wc7:
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: Sizz on March 03, 2018, 09:50:37 AM
 :wc89:
              So great to hear such good news from you tkesde1!! Gives me hope for us all! Congratz to your hubby! All the best ! :wc7:

                                                                                      :wc6:
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: zachsmom on March 03, 2018, 03:23:06 PM
 :wc7: this is so uplifting!! Thanks for sharing this with us, it gives almost us hope for our loved ones.  Congrats to your hubby! Let him know how proud we all are of him!!
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: tkesde1 on March 05, 2018, 08:22:48 AM
Thanks guys! What's more is that hubby had no experience in this field before his incarceration. He earned the degree inside, did independent stuff for people from home to gain some experience and once off parole started searching for a full-time job. From home, he also did some volunteer work for a lawyer and a prison rights advocacy group and from that got letters of recommendation and great references when looking for a full-time job. He then just persisted until he found someone to hire him. I know we had about 100 copies of his resume printed off.  He dressed in a suit and went around personally handing in resumes. This was what he wanted to do. I think he's inspiring, I'm glad ya'll think it's great too! Some people are just like, he got a job - so what? They don't know how hard it is for our guys to achieve what is normal after incarceration.
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: Father on March 05, 2018, 11:18:42 PM
thkesde1

That is quite an accomplishment and a role model for all.  I am really concerned about my son being able to get a job when he is released.  And your husband is really an inspiration.  Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: trauma4us on March 06, 2018, 04:35:57 AM
Agree with Father - inspiring. 
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: jaf on June 23, 2018, 08:29:52 PM
Wow!  Itís so nice to hear a good success story.  I hope heís doing well.

Also, I wanted to chime in on correspondence education.   My son finished his High School classes by doing it through the American School of Correspondence out of Lancing, Illinois.  It is an accredited program also.  I looked around a lot and almost all of them are online now, but the American School has both online and books and paper. 

It also has College courses. 

Here is the link to their website:  http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: jaf on June 23, 2018, 08:49:04 PM
Oops!   I just looked at their site and did not find college courses. 
Title: Re: Distance/correspondence Education Programs
Post by: tkesde1 on June 25, 2018, 08:58:53 AM
Wow!  Itís so nice to hear a good success story.  I hope heís doing well.

Also, I wanted to chime in on correspondence education.   My son finished his High School classes by doing it through the American School of Correspondence out of Lancing, Illinois.  It is an accredited program also.  I looked around a lot and almost all of them are online now, but the American School has both online and books and paper. 

It also has College courses. 

Here is the link to their website:  http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com

Thanks Jaf! He is doing very well!!!