Women’s Education and Reentry

Woman speaks to listeners gathered at the Women's Education Fund Tea Event

An Education Fund Participant speaks at the annual Education Fund Tea at Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe

Education is a key element to a successful life after incarceration. Women with specialized training or a college education are more likely to find employment, provide for their families, and remain out of prison. The Women’s Education Fund was established in 2012 to provide the residents at the Center for Women the opportunity to pursue an education as they complete their prison sentences. In September, CCT held it’s 2nd Annual Education Tea fundraiser to support the fund. Enough funds were raised to send 5 women to class at CPCC.

To date, 31 students have participated in the Women’s Education fund since 2012. To remain in the program, students must maintain a C average or better. Multiple students have been inducted into honor societies and one participant has gone on to obtain a Master’s Degree.

Education has allowed me the opportunities to overcome many obstacles, some that have either ben imposed on me by my own actions or those of others. It has allowed me to spread my wings and soar and know that I can achieve my dreams and my goals. I am more than just my past record; I have the ability to affect change in myself and in others.” –E. H., Education Fund Participant

This year, we would like to thank all donors who gave to the fund; our wonderful hosts, Mimi Beal, Sonja Johnson, Brenda Peake, and Bonnie Tangalos; and Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe for their generosity and support.