Reentry Campus Program (RCP) helps currently and formerly incarcerated individuals receive post-secondary education to become self-sufficient and successful.
The program helps those behind the walls, transitioning out and after release with their education goals as well as offering critical wrap-around services, continuous support, encouragement, and resources specific to their individual needs.
Assessment + Advising
Whether students enroll behind the walls or after being released, RCP staff can help eliminate barriers so they can achieve their education or career goals.
From obtaining vital documents and previous transcripts to course enrollment and degree planning, our team supports each student's individual path.
This offers students the opportunity to fast-track their degree attainment and minimize the cost associated with pursuing a 4-year degree or certification program.
The classroom environment is a peer learning community of successfully reintegrated students and mentors who provide continuous support, encouragement and resources specific to the student’s circumstances.
Before enrollment and throughout, continued assistance from RCP with obtaining previous transcripts, navigating the financial aid process and course registration/selection are provided.
PLA Standardized Testing
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a method used to award college credit for learning acquired outside of the classroom, including personal research, on-the-job training, independent study, work or military field experience.
Earning PLA credit typically involves sitting for a formal test, such as DSST exams, and earning credit upon receiving a passing score. For individuals reentering, this is an opportunity to have their learning behind the walls assessed and accredited.
PLA opportunities are available to students in Rhode Island. RCP is a registered DSST Testing Center with nearly 40 courses in humanities, business, social science, physical science, math and technology. DSST exams are taken online and are more accessible than other PLAs because students can take the exams at RCP.
RCP has a growing education partner network where post-secondary institutions partner with the organization to give reduced rates to RCP students.
One partner is Roger Williams University’s University College (UC). University College offers a wide range of programs that lead to certifications, Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees.
In a case management certificate program at UC, for example, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills needed to offer case management services in a variety of healthcare and social service settings. The program is designed for those who want to help others while providing holistic support to the clients they serve.
We know that returning citizens need a network of support when they come home.
Every year more than 600,000 people are released from America’s prisons, and there are currently more than four million people on probation and parole. Adults may return from incarceration to families and communities that lack sufficient social support and resources to foster a positive reentry.
Reentry Campus Program understands the importance of connecting students with peers who can guide them through the return to their communities. RCP alumns often want to give back to support others through the process of reentry. So we offer an RCP alum mentor, to help returning citizens with acclimation, guidance, and connections to needed resources.