Graduating with two degrees while incarcerated is “no easy feat”, according to Caleb*.
Having spent the last ten years in prison, Caleb dedicated himself to completing a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in project management. He says that with time constraints on his computer use, accessing online resources required meticulous planning.
Prison is where Caleb met his mentor, Lan, while attending the ‘Centre of Excellence’ expo – which offered participants the opportunity to meet with prospective employers and providers who support ex-offenders. At the conference, participants learn about job opportunities, and how wrap-around support services – such as Jesuit Social Services’ Jobs Victoria Employment Services (JVES) program – can support participants exiting the justice system.