Foundation Gives Donation
SECOND CHANCES: Ronald Chambers, Grand Master of the Masonic Fraternity, far left, donated $50,000 to the Second Chance Scholarship this week. Accepting on behalf of TCC were Chef Jeff Henderson, TCC President Leigh Goodson, and TCC Corrections Education Coordinator Jeffrey Horvath.
The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma through its Masonic Charity Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the Corrections Education Program at Tulsa Community College. The program, called Second Chance, enables faculty to teach college courses to offenders who are incarcerated.
Second Chance is funded by private dollars like the recent donation by the Masonic Fraternity. The donation benefits the Foundation Second Chance Scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible offenders who take courses while serving prison time.
During a July 24th graduation ceremony at Dick Conner Correctional Center, two men earned an Associate in Applied Science, Business and more than 30 men earned a certificate of achievement in information technology, horticulture technology or hospitality management.
The Corrections Education program began in 2007 as a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Dick Conner Correctional Center and . Second Chance expanded in 2009 to include women in the Turley Correctional Center. Since its inception, 12 individuals have earned associate degrees, and more than 330 certificates of achievement have been awarded to male and female offenders at the Dick Conner Correctional Facility and Turley Correctional Center with some offenders earning more than one certificate.
Most recently, the program is offering classes to Women in Recovery, an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses. Women in Recovery is operated by Family and Children’s Services and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.