From behind bars to breaking barriers

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Everyone deserves a chance for a good life. For many, attending college is the key to that bright future, helping each individual achieve a lifelong dream, set an example for others, learn new skills, and provide for their family. Whether it results in a certificate, a diploma, an advanced degree—or simply a new interest—time at a college or university is well spent. 

The Postsecondary Value Commission suggests that “colleges and universities can take actions such as creating clearer academic pathways and credit transfer policies, develop stronger advising systems that reduce students’ time-to-credential, and better target institutional aid resources to focus on students with the greatest financial need, including basic needs like housing and food.”

  • Everyone should have an opportunity to get an affordable college education that best fits their goals.
  • A college experience prepares people for the workforce by providing technical skills (such as writing, math, and science), personal development skills (such as teamwork and problem solving) and hands-on learning opportunities (such as work study and internships.)
  • By bringing together students with different perspectives, colleges and universities often help students expand their worldview and promote creative thinking.
  • One of the proudest moments in many people’s lives is their own or their child’s graduation.
  • What you learn in college and the relationships built at college continue to be beneficial for the rest of your life.

For additional resources:


Personal Achievement Stories

No One Left Behind

The University of Texas at Arlington

Empower Alaska

University of Alaska System

Tell Me Something Good

McLennan Community College

The Gift of Life

Elizabethtown College

Alberto Lule, SBCC Transitions to UCLA

Santa Barbara City College Foundation

COVID Graduation Message

California State University, Bakersfield

Danielle Obisie-Orlu

University of Pittsburgh

A medal-winning storyteller

California State University, Bakersfield

Bike Boss

Westminster College

Lifelong Dream Achieved

Sam Houston State University