Santa Clara County residents didn’t have to vote for Bernie Sanders to get free higher education—they just have to get arrested.
Starting in September, the county will pave the way to higher education for men and women at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas and the San Jose Main Jail in a new partnership with San Jose State University, which will offer credit-bearing general education college courses to inmates.
Last week, the county Board of Supervisors approved a two-year, $325,000 contract for classes that will count toward community college and university coursework when incarcerated individuals transition back into the community.
“The county is committed to providing individuals the re-entry tools needed to make a successful transition back into the community,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez. “Our re-entry program has cut recidivism in half.”
Instructors will teach two classes per 12-week periods for up to 60 people per class. Classes will include both instruction and tutoring. All courses are worth three units.
Courses will be offered in Justice Studies, Kinesiology, Philosophy, Child and Adolescent Development, Communication, Counselor Education and English.