Forging Their Own New Path
By Jaclyn Stevenson
More than 600 graduates have earned their degrees through the Hudson Link Higher Education in Prison program over the last 20 years, through partnerships with nine colleges and six correctional facilities.
During an event at Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, New York, 13 incarcerated men added their names to that roster, as they accepted their degrees from Hudson Link and Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) in Hudson, New York.
Degrees were conferred to the inaugural Greene Correctional Class of 2019, including to class valedictorian Terrance (last name withheld), who spoke at the ceremony and reflected on his own educational journey.
“When I enrolled in the Hudson Link college program, I did so with the hope of furthering my education,” he said. “I believed college was the most constructive way to utilize my time. …Through my studies, I became aware of my capabilities along with my limitations.”