Richard Ray, Professor of Kinesiology, Provost Emeritus, and Co-Director of the Hope-Western Prison Education Program, recently received a $120,000 award from Jobs for the Future, Inc. The project is titled Hope-Western Prison Education Program Ready for Pell Initiative.
This project will seek to develop the capacity of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary to provide programming, services, and supports to students in the Hope-Western Prison Education Program. This includes the development of trauma-informed pedagogy and the expansion of financial aid counseling, career counseling, and disability services to students within the program. This is in preparation to offer Pell Grants to students enrolled in the program with the 2023-2024 academic year, when the federal government will reinstate eligibility for incarcerated students under the program.
Congratulations on your award, Richard!