Wiley College was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 69 colleges and universities that will provide postsecondary education to nearly 12,000 students in more than 100 state and federal prisons nationwide as part of the Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot program. Wiley was selected to participate in the program out of more than 200 applicants in 48 states.
"Wiley College is committed to the principle of educational access, and on our campus, we believe in second chances when people are equipped with the tools to succeed," said Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, Wiley's president. "Education is a powerful tool. It can alter the course of a life, from one filled with negativity, crime, and repeated mistakes to one filled with hope and fulfilled promises of positive change."
Working with three facilities in Louisiana-St. Gabriel Department of Corrections, Winnfield Correctional Center, and Madison Parish Detention Center- Wiley College will offer the Associate of Arts Degree, the Bachelor of Arts Degree, and the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Interdisciplinary Studies (various concentrations), and Sociology that are designed to be completed in two to four years, respectively. Courses will be offered online via a portal and Wiley faculty and advisors will make periodic visits to the correctional facilities.
As a part of the re-entry plan for graduates, Wiley College will track job placement outcomes of all Second Chance Program graduates every six months for five years.