Student-inmate Parrish Bourn has been incarcerated for more than 23 years, but will release March 8 of 2016. He began his education through Barton Community College at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility in 2012. He has taken 57 credit-hours and maintained a 3.87 GPA.
“I can’t understate the importance of (these opportunities),” he said. “If it wasn’t for this, the only job skills I would have are basic labor, sweeping and mopping floors. The jobs I’ll be able to get with these classes are way better.”
Parrish intends to find a welding job after his release.