Second Chance Initiative

Second Chance Initiative

Second Chance Initiative

Creating opportunities for individuals to have a fresh start through strong educational preparation

Campbell’s mission is to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service. The ultimate goal of the Campbell’s Second Chance Initiative is to help our incarcerated or previously incarcerated students develop the skills and abilities to contribute to their communities and live upstanding lives. The program provides our students with the skills and credentials needed to obtain meaningful employment upon release in areas that offer a good salary, has fewer barriers to those who are justice involved, and where our students will have the opportunity for career advancement.

With our programs in Behavioral Science, Communication Studies and Addiction Studies, Campbell and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) Adult Corrections (NCDPS) feel confident we are setting our students up for  long-term success upon release. The courses are designed to equip them with both personal and professional skills needed to lead with purpose. 

Program Locations

The Second Chance Initiative is actively working to build partnerships to build partnerships to bring educational opportunities to several facilities in North Carolina.  Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, NC was home to the initial graduating class of male students. Our Women’s Re-entry Higher Education Initiative is located in Raleigh, NC,  and is offered in partnership with Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (becoming Arise Collective). Pending Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approval, our next location will be at the Anson Correctional Facility, a correctional facility for women in Polkton, NC.

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Campbell Magazine Feature

The 11 graduates of Campbell University’s prison teaching program at Sampson County Correctional Institution say their education has given them purpose and a desire to be better people. Their hard work could pave the way for future programs and make a real difference in the state’s recidivism rate.

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