College Inside

Chemeketa helps inmates earn their GED and college certificates and degrees to reduce their recidivism and support their productive participation in the workforce. We expose our students to new concepts, experiences and responsibilities to create meaningful change in their lives. Through education in the correctional environment, we strive to break the cycle of incarceration and return them to their communities better than when they entered the system.

We currently serve about 200 students in multiple programs at three prisons -

  • Oregon State Penitentiary
    • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
    • Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree
  • Santiam Correctional Institution
    • Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree
    • Computer-Assisted Drafting (CAD) Certificate of Completion
  • Oregon State Correctional Institution
    • Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

We have 169 graduates since the program was founded in 2007. The recidivism rate among our graduates is 6%. In 2016, 42 students graduated and their cumulative GPA was 3.66.

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Learn more about our student experiences from Oregon Public Broadcasting's coverage of College Inside and our student literary journal Ebb & Flow

Also check out our Outside the Box podcasts -

  1. "Why teach in prison?"
  2. "Success through adversity"
  3. "Business in a box"