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FDC, Florida Gateway College Second Chance Pell Students Recognized for Academic Success

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Florida Gateway College (FGC) proudly recognized 42 inmate-students in the Second Chance Pell Program for academic excellence that led to being named on the President’s List or Vice President’s List for the 2018 Spring Semester.

Secretary Julie Jones, “We are incredibly proud of this program. The success of these initial students is further testimony that expanding educational opportunities to incarcerated individuals is a worthy investment for their future, and the future of Florida communities where these inmates will eventually be employed and live. I want to congratulate them on their accomplishment and look forward to seeing their continued achievements throughout this college program.”

Secretary Julie Jones, William Peace and Warden Godwin were recently invited to attend the Vera Institute of Justice’s Conference on expanding access to postsecondary education for people in prison. FGC in partnership with FDC was selected by the United States Department of Education as one of 67 sites in the nation for the inmate education program which began on January 24, 2017 at Columbia Correctional Institution Annex.

William Peace, Program Liaison, said, “We, at Florida Gateway College, are very proud of the academic performance of the students in the Second Chance Pell Program! Of the students not named on these lists this term, many have GPA’s that would have qualified them as well had they been enrolled full time. This is a group of individuals who have worked hard to demonstrate that they are serious about making positive changes in their lives. We salute their diligence and commend them for this remarkable achievement!”

The Second Chance Pell Pilot Program offers Pell Grant eligibility to inmates selected and supervised by FDC who are eligible for upcoming release within the next five years. Courses leading to the Associate of Arts degree in General Studies or the Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science Technology: Water Resources are offered each semester. The anticipated graduation date for the first cohort is May of 2019.

The Presidents and Vice Presidents list requires students to carry a minimum course loads of 12 semester hours and maintain specific grade point averages (GPA).

The following students were recognized on the President’s List for semester GPAs of 4.0: Travis Akins, Jeremiah Conner, Justin Donahue, Jared Dougherty, Richard Elliott, Joshua Evans, David Gallagher, Louis Garcia, William Giddens, Derrick Graham, Keith Kent, Michael Krupa, Matthew Luman, Jordan Motley, Christopher Murdy, Michael Opsincs, Walfrido Pina, Kenneth Reynolds, Berry Roberson, Michael Scott, Trevis Sherwood, Neondra Starks, John Wise, Jonathan Woods,and Johnny Yates.

Students recognized on the Vice President’s List for semester GPAs of 3.5-3.99 were Andrew Beam, Carlos Bueso, SoDonnie Christopher, Freddie Davis, Anthony Gautieri, Walter Golden, Elvis Hall, Everlett Jones, Chad Knight, Nicolas Kulpa, Arsenio Leal, Justin Midolo, Chad Morris, Patrick Pittman, Shane Roschel, Ronald Shaw, and Joseph Zavadil.

For further information on the program, please contact William Peace at Florida Gateway College at 386- 754-4229 or Kristina Hartman at Florida Department of Corrections at 850-717-3180.

For press inquiries, please contact the Florida Department of Corrections Communications Office at 850-488-0420.


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