Piedmont Virginia Community College Higher Education in Prison Program

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Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections and the generous support of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Higher Education in Prison program was established in 2006, with classes starting at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. To date, over 100 students have earned Associate of Science degrees in General Studies while incarcerated. Those degrees have prepared the graduates for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. 100% of the instruction is delivered in a classroom-based, face-to-face format at FCCW. The Sunshine Lady Foundation's support allowed the program to become the largest program serving incarcerated women in the state of Virginia.