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Betsy DeVos attends commencement for 70 Oklahoma inmates

Posted at 5:18 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 07:52:05-04

HOMINY, Okla. — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in Oklahoma Tuesday morning.

DeVos is among the speakers who delivered remarks at the 2019 Tulsa Community College Second Chance Commencement.

She's behind the Second Chance Pell Grant pilot program through the U.S. Department of Education, which allows incarcerated individuals to receive Pell Grants for college.

More than 70 incarcerated men graduated with a degree or certificate at the Department of Corrections' Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.

According to TCC, this is a record number of graduates in a single year since the college launched the Second Chance program in 2007. The college has awarded approximately 400 associate degrees and certificates to students who are incarcerated.

Both male and female offenders have earned certificates in areas such as computers, hotel and restaurant management and associate degrees in business and enterprise development.

Other top officials in attendance at today's ceremony will include TCC's President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson and Dick Conner Correctional Center Warden Janet Dowling.

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