Co-founded by Tiffany Kallam Ballard '12 and Associate Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Barbara Lawrence, the Higher Education in Prison Program (HEIPP) brings Guilford College instructors to incarcerated women and men who provide courses in the fields of business, English, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and conflict resolution. The five-semester program provides students with an opportunity to receive 30 college credits and to take a preparatory course for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate certification exam. These credits are transferable to most schools that offer associate and bachelor’s degrees.
In order to deepen the commitment to our Core Values of community, diversity, equality, justice and stewardship, and offer a liberal arts education to inmates in North Carolina, Guilford College has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to offer coursework in two correctional institutions. The program is offered in a men’s prison in Salisbury, the Piedmont Correctional Institution, and a women’s prison in Troy, the Southern Correctional Institution.
The program made history on June 24, 2016, when six men at the Piedmont Correctional Facility took the LEED Green Associate exam, a national certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It's the first time the certification exam has been offered in a correctional facility and we're pleased to report that four out of the six students passed the exam.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is considering offering programs in additional facilities, including the nearby Dan River Prison Work Farm, as well as implementing projects that will help make these and other facilities throughout the state become more environmentally sound utilizing HEIPP participants. All of this future work is inspired by Guilford's program. The U.S. Green Building Council North Carolina recently nominated Guilford for a Sustainable Business Award for this program we are offering with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
For questions, please contact HEIPP Director Barbara Lawrence at 336.316.2196.
Guilford's Department of Justice and Policy Studies offers undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and community and justice studies and a graduate degree in criminal justice.