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EMU Launches Program To Help Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Obtain Higher Education

Nov 11, 2020

Eastern Michigan University has launched a Returning Citizens Fellows Program that will help formerly incarcerated individuals obtain higher education.  

Through Engage @ EMU, former inmates with a high school diploma can apply to the program to get one-on-one academic counseling and information on how to apply for financial aid and scholarships.  Decky Alexander is the director of Engage @ EMU and says the program will also offer resources that will teach individuals how to take classes online. 

Decky Alexander: So, what we would do on our end is look at some additional kinds of community-based resources, and organizations to help support an individual as they kind of get up to speed on some of the technology barriers that they might have.    

EMU is working with the Michigan Department of Corrections to inform individuals about the new program.  The first cohort of the program is expected to start classes in January.  For more information on the program, click here.  

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu