The mission of the Oshki Bimaadiziiwin Jail Education Program is to advance knowledge and strengthen ties to our communities through education for incarcerated audiences.
The program offers college credit courses to incarcerated individuals in the following jails
Sawyer County Jail
- Vilas County Jail
- Ashland County Jail
- Washburn County Jail
- Barron County Jail
- Bayfield County Jail
The program offers four courses:
Introduction to Higher Education (college and life success program)
- Professional Development for Incarcerated Audiences
- Introduction to Higher Education
- Creative Writing
Through these courses the students are better prepared for life by developing skills in time management, writing skills, study skills, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, personal responsibility, and healthy social and emotional interactions. Students are also exposed to Ojibwe language and culture by learning and practicing a greetings speech and the incorporation of Ojibwe culture and traditions to our courses
These courses continue basic core knowledge for our college students and provide a positive connection to their culture and to their communities. They are also transferrable into degree programs on our main campus and outreach sites.