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Shippen helps lead correctional education event

The 3rd Annual Alabama Correctional Education Coalition, founded by faculty members in the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts, will bring together representatives from Auburn University, state agencies and non-profits on Monday, October 22 for discussion of educational efforts in Alabama prisons and youth facilities.

Peggy Shippen, associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, and Kyes Stevens from the College of Liberal Arts co-founded the coalition through an Auburn University Competitive Outreach Award in 2008. The coalition fosters partnerships and promotes shared goals among public and private entities engaged in educational efforts in state prisons and youth facilities.

Coalition members consider educational attainment to be the primary factor in the successful re-entry of released prisoners into society and believe that educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals should include adult basic education, vocational education, cultural literacy and faith-based education.

The third annual coalition meeting will take place at the Alabama Department of Youth Services in Montgomery.

Participating groups include:

  • Auburn University
  • Alabama Department of Corrections
  • Alabama Department of Youth Services
  • Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole
  • Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education
  • Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • J.F. Ingram State Technical College
  • Central Alabama Laubach Literacy Council
  • Literacy Council of Birmingham
  • Church of the Highlands, Birmingham
  • Society of St. Dismas
  • Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project
  • Aid to Inmate Mothers

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2013

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