College Initiative Upstate Celebrates Fall Session Graduation

Posted · Add Comment

student graduating from college prepTST BOCES helped celebrate as the College Initiative Upstate (CIU) program’s College Prep Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) class held a graduation celebration November 17 to recognize students completing the Fall 2017 Session.

The CIU College Prep ATI program is a collaboration between Opportunities, Alternatives, And Resources (OAR) of Tompkins County, the Ithaca City Court, Tompkins County Probation and Community Justice, the Tompkins County Jail, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) and TST BOCES Adult Education. The court-involved students participating in the class are given a valuable opportunity to jumpstart a new chapter in their lives by entering higher education, and the program is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge to help encourage success.

“The College Prep collaboration with BOCES has served as a catalyst for College Initiative Upstate’s work,” said Benay Rubenstein, Director of CIU. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no other Bridge to College Program in New York, or perhaps the nation, for court-involved and formerly incarcerated citizens focusing primarily on post-secondary education that also serves as an Alternative to Incarceration program for students actively engaged in a local court case. We are seeing a miracle in action! The growth, exposure and opportunities now available to our students are life-changing.”

TST BOCES’ contribution comes in the form of math instruction and career exploration. Eight students completed the Fall 2017 Session and there are an anticipated 15 students planned for the Spring 2018 Session. Upon completion of the program students receive a Chromebook to help them continue their academic journey.