FORSYTH, Ga. – On February 13, Life University at Lee Arrendale State Prison conferred degrees upon fifteen offenders who earned their Associate of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change. The degrees are offered through the Chillon Project, an initiative of Life University’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics.
“Collaboration with educational institutions, is one key to successful offender reentry,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “Our partnership with Life University, provides offenders with the knowledge, and support to transform their lives into productive returning citizens.”
The Associate Degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change emphasizes the cultivation of inner skills, social skills, critical social analysis, and enables students to think critically and creatively about the problems that face today’s society. Students selected for the program receive a scholarship and tuition waiver which is funded through grants and private donations.
About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)
The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit http://www.gdc.ga.gov