Chemeketa helps inmates earn their GED and college certificates and degrees to reduce their recidivism and support their productive participation in the workforce. We expose our students to new concepts, experiences and responsibilities to create meaningful change in their lives. Through education in the correctional environment, we strive to break the cycle of incarceration and return them to their communities better than when they entered the system.
We currently serve about 200 students in multiple programs at three prisons -
We have 169 graduates since the program was founded in 2007. The recidivism rate among our graduates is 6%. In 2016, 42 students graduated and their cumulative GPA was 3.66.
Your financial support would mean so much for our program, our students and our communities.
Learn more about our student experiences from Oregon Public Broadcasting's coverage of College Inside and our student literary journal Ebb & Flow
Also check out our Outside the Box podcasts -