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Sinclair to graduate record number of women from Dayton Correctional Institute

Sinclair Community College will celebrate yet another graduation record tomorrow— this time from inside the Dayton Correctional Institute.

A record number of 115 women are set to graduate from Sinclair’s Prison Education Program during a 12:30 p.m. ceremony at DCI. Sinclair has awarded more than 350 certificates to prisoners at DCI from fall 2017 through summer 2018, another record for the community college.

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Of the women who will receive certificates Tuesday, 46 have already been released from prison, according to Sinclair.

Sinclair began offering post-secondary programming to incarcerated individuals in 1987 at the DCI. There are nearly 1,351 students enrolled in Sinclair programs in seven Ohio prisons, according to the school.

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Sinclair’s prison program costs around $1.75 million to operate and a majority of the funding is provided by the state, Sinclair chief of staff Adam Murka has said. Some inmates take the credits they earned in prison and put them toward a degree after they are released, Murka said, though there is no estimate on how many continue to pursue an education.

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