Hope School, Western Theological assist deliver Michigan to the forefront of jail training | Techi Chicken

HOLLAND – Representatives from the Michigan Division of Corrections visited Holland on Thursday, Jan. 12, assembly with leaders from Hope School and Western Theological Seminary to debate greater training in prisons.

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Hope School, WTS and MDOC be a part of forces to run the Hope-Western Correctional Schooling Program, which operates out of the Muskegon Correctional Facility. This system started as a pilot in 2019 and has grown into a totally accredited program.

Kyle Kaminski, administrator of Offender Success Administration at MDOC, stated the division is happy about HWPEP’s progress.

“We’re very enthusiastic about our partnership,” stated Kaminski, who oversees training for MDOC statewide. “This system is basically taking off. It is going from power to power.”

There are at the moment 23 college students in this system at MCF. The objective is to achieve about 80 college students in 4 cohorts. The primary contributors may full their levels in Might 2025. This system is led by Hope Professor Richard Ray and WTS Professor David Stubbs.

The programs are taught by lecturers from Hope and WTS on the correctional facility. There are 5 courses provided this semester, with plans to develop to 12 or 13 courses per semester within the coming years.

The partnership is one in every of a number of for MDOC, together with a Calvin College program in Ionia, a Siena Heights program in Jackson and partnerships with Mott Neighborhood School, Jackson School and Delta Neighborhood School.

“We have now school packages in nearly half of our amenities proper now,” Kaminski stated. “We wish to be on the forefront nationally in terms of postsecondary entry for inmates.”

Kaminski stated packages like HWPEP assist individuals reach re-entering society and creating a greater group in prisons.

“College students who take part on this program are placing their power into this program,” he stated. “It is having an affect on the power the place they stay. Their optimistic engagement on this program reduces numerous the detrimental issues that may occur in jail.”

Matt Scogin and Felix Theonugraha, presidents of Hope School and WTS, respectively, say the partnership matches not solely their missions of offering greater training, however their mission as Christian organizations.

“For us, it comes down to 2 easy however highly effective issues,” Scogin stated. “One among them is that we consider within the transformative energy of training.

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“The second factor is that that is deeply linked to our Christian mission. It isn’t simply a possibility to increase entry to training, it is a possibility to hold out our Christian mission.”

“As Christians who’ve been forgiven a lot, we’re known as to like a lot,” Theonugraha stated. “To have the ability to prolong that grace and share the hope now we have in Christ by way of a gaggle of individuals, incarcerated college students, that society usually forgets or marginalizes, appears proper to us.”

Study extra at hope.edu/hwpep.

— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at mboatman@hollandsentinel.com. Comply with him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.

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