All Articles: Education

Solano State Prison Holds Educational Fair for Positive Change

California State Prison, Solano showcased CTE and Academic classes available for inmates through Vaca Valley Adult School on July 10. Tables displayed completed student projects, textbooks, photographs, library services, self-help groups and working demonstrations of the CTE trades. Faculty and staff were on hand to talk with students, explaining educational opportunities to earn G.E.D. and […]

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Construction Tech Class Seeks 27 Students

By Charles David Henry A new vocational course at San Quentin seeks 27 dedicated students, according to the prison’s education department. “This curriculum will ground the trainee in the basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, concrete finishing, electrical work, HVAC, and plumbing,” said Dante Callegari, instructor of Vocational Building Maintenance. “Students will become skilled […]

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Marin Literacy & Project R.E.A.C.H. Urge Prisoners to Further Education

By David Le San Quentin prisoners who want to improve their literacy are invited to apply to Project REACH, an extension of the Marin Literacy Program. REACH, which stands for Reach for Education, Achievement, and Change with Help. The program was founded in 1999. Project REACH accommodates individuals’ desires to achieve their goals in GED […]

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College Programs Bring Higher Education To Main Line Prisoners at San Quentin

By Angelo Falcone Of the various college programs at San Quentin, two are the most established: Patten University, coordinated by the Prison University Project (PUP), and Coastline Community College, coordinated by the Education Department’s Distance Learning Program. Both programs require a high school diploma or a GED certificate and many men in blue have successfully […]

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New Electronic Program Scheduled to Begin This Fall

By Charles David Henry A group of San Quentin prisoners will have an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the electronics industry, thanks to a new program scheduled to begin in the fall. Goal “Our program goal is to prepare students for jobs and additional education by employing a unique entry-level, hands-on technician. In […]

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Record-Breaking Athlete Applauds SQUIRES for Turning Life Around

By Rahsaan Thomas A record-breaking athlete credits the San Quentin SQUIRES program for helping him turn his life around. Today he is a successful football player for Laney Junior College in Oakland. “I believe the most life-gaining experience that I’ve had was when we took a trip inside San Quentin Prison,” said Tiapepe Vitale, a […]

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Helping the Rehabilitation Process Through Education

By Charles David Henry “I aim to please,” said Acting Vice-Principal M. Ficarra, smiling broadly, as she sat in her of- fi ce during this interview. “It’s a privilege to be here at San Quentin and to be a part of this wonderful faculty and Administration,” she said. Ficarra was hired as a Bridging Teacher […]

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What Is the Definition of a Fractal?

By Matthew B. Francis San Quentin prisoner Steve Jones asks: What is a fractal? In layman’s terms, a fractal is a pattern that repeats itself over and over again, but on different size scales. Probably the most familiar example would be a snow-flake. ‘They are also used in modeling turbulence and blood vessel formation’ Think […]

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Feather River College Will Open New Course At San Quentin This Fall

By Boston Woodard Professor Joan Parkin, Ph.D., Director of the Feather River College’s Incarcerated Student Program (ISP), generated excitement and interest with her announcement that an additional course will be offered at San Quentin this fall. Feather River College began offering college level opportunities at San Quentin in May of this year beginning with a […]

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Study Shows That Investing in Education Is Among the Best Promoters of Public Safety

By San Quentin News Staff Investments in education, full employment, housing and substance abuse treatment for ex-offenders are the best way to promote public safety, according to a recent study. The report says it’s also important for communities to support policing strategies. One of the best-known studies of developmental prevention programs is the Perry Preschool […]

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