CCCU’s “Second Chance Month” Coverage Features Nyack College

Jamila Wright with an adjunct professor, Louis Sanchez (far right), and four clerks who served in the Nyack Fishkill program.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) based in Washington, D.C. celebrates Second Chance Month every April. This awareness month is an acknowledgement of the Second Chance Act, which authorizes federal funding for state and federal reentry programs benefiting people leaving prison and returning to their communities. Nyack is one 20 CCCU colleges highlighted in their website coverage of advocacy for prison education.  Read the profile on Nyack as well as quotes from inmates in our programs.

While Nyack on-campus students are completing the spring 2020 semester online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students in our degree programs at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, NY are completing independent studies for spring semester credit. Says Nyack’s Director of Prison Academic Programs at Nyack College, Jamila Wright, “We had our professors send conversions to independent study for them and we managed to get them distributed before we were locked out. We have nearly 80 guys taking classes at all levels of the AA and BS degrees. The students still have access to the school building at Fishkill to continue their studies and I’m sure they’re helping one another though this time.”

We celebrate our Fishkill campus graduates who have successfully returned to their communities. We keep those in prayer who are determined to finish well despite the status of their study without interaction with faculty or staff.  As Mrs. Wright describes, “They are completely on their own. No phone, internet contact or video chat. Nothing. Complete independent study.”

This is the face of the “Second Chance.”