FutureU Podcast Ep. 153: “College Unbound” from the Traditional Model

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Just last year Pell Grants were reinstated for incarcerated people. But what colleges are working with them? In this episode, hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn speak with College Unbound Co-founder and President Adam Bush, and Jose Rodriguez, College Unbound’s assistant vice president for community and belonging. Their discussion explores the college’s unique model and delves into their program for adults in prison and re-entering society after incarceration.

“I think the biggest takeaway for me and for most of the students that are coming back into society from corrections is that they are more than just a convicted felon. There was a really big push between the 90s and now to give folks technical-type skills, almost erasing their ability to be intellectuals. So this is a really strong way to push back on that. Just because I’m a convicted felon does not mean that I no longer can use my mind,” said Rodriguez.

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