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Tutoring and Academic Enrichment

The Institute Prison Teaching and Outreach works to provide academic tutoring to inmate populations, as well as the opportunity for inmates to take credit and non-credit courses taught by professors and students from The College of New Jersey.

Credit and Non-Credit Courses

Through our partnership with NJ STEP, TCNJ provides up to eight college credit courses per year at various correctional facilities. These courses help students work towards completing an Associate Degree through Mercer Community College or Raritan Valley Community College.

Through the volunteer efforts of TCNJ faculty, students, and affiliated instructors, the incarcerated population also have the opportunity to participate in non-credit courses covering a range of topics.

Academic Tutoring

In order to provide support for inmates taking classroom courses behind bars and preparing for their GED, volunteers serve as one-on-one tutors, reinforcing lessons from class meetings and providing additional support in every subject from mathematics to English literature.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the application form and waiver below.  Please return both forms along with a copy of your driver’s license and/or passport (passport required if not born in the US) to the History Department in Social Science Building 205.  Then attend an orientation session at the beginning of each semester.  Dates for the Spring 2015 to be determined.

Most volunteers choose one day, time, and location per week for a total commitment of 2 hours per week, but you are permitted to more than once a week and at several locations.

Additional Academic Initiatives

In addition to college courses and academic tutoring, TCNJ’s Bonner Scholars (members of a four-year service-based scholarship program) run a weekly structured GED tutoring class in addition to a weekly Socrates Cafe (philosophy club) program at Wagner Youth Correctional Facility and Mercer County Correctional Facility. Bonners also help Wagner students produce an annual prison magazine to further develop their critical thinking and writing skills, organize prison tours for classes involved in off-site projects to benefit juvenile offenders, and help TCNJ instructors integrate prison issues into freshman seminars and upper level courses such as “Mental Health and Poverty” and “Applied Sociology”.