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The Latest: First prisoners graduate program of the Wesleyan

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Latest on Connecticut prison education program (all times are local):

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Eighteen prisoners in Connecticut’s maximum security Cheshire Correctional Institution have received diplomas as part of the first class of graduates of a partnership between Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the graduates Wednesday, they should not return to prison after they are released because the program will be evaluated on their success.

Six women also received associate degrees last week in a similar ceremony in the York prison.

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education began offering college classes to inmates in 2009, but not on a diploma programme for cooperation with Middlesex Community College two years ago.

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Five-and-twenty Connecticut prison inmates have become the first to earn college degrees as part of a program offered in a partnership between Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College.

Sixteen prisoners get their associate degrees in a ceremony Wednesday at the maximum-security Cheshire Correctional Institution, the accession of up to nine women who graduated last week at the York Correctional Institution.

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education began offering college classes to inmates in 2009, but not on a diploma programme for cooperation with Middlesex Community College two years ago.

School officials say the classes are the same as those offered outside of the prisons, and the prisoners often have a higher grade point average than traditional students.

They say that the collaboration also makes it easier for the prisoners to enroll in bachelor’s degree programs when they are released.

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