Through the efforts of Western Nevada College student veterans and faculty members, more inmates at Warm Springs Correctional Center can take classes from the college. To provide funding so additional inmates can enroll in classes such as remedial math, remedial English and studies skills, WNC Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Kevin Burns and student veterans assisted at a Veterans Day barbecue that raised approximately $4,500 toward scholarships at the correctional facility in Carson City.
Burns helped implement the Veterans Integration Program at Warm Springs Correctional Center in January so inmates can work toward an Associate of General Studies degree while incarcerated.
“We want to fill more seats in the classes down there,” said Burns of WNC restoring classes at the prison for the first time since 2009.
“Studies show that as educational levels go up, recidivism rates go down. We are really trying to push recidivism rates down and give these guys some skill sets so when they get out of there, they can do something.”
Rick Vlach, an assistant for the Veterans Resource Center and pre-admissions adviser, also participated in the scholarship fundraiser for inmates, as did WNC student veterans Josh Patterson, Clint Sisk, Kyle Vaughn and Nathan Johnston.
“We were looking to build up the scholarship,” to allow more students to enroll in the fall. “During the fall semester, we are going to do another fundraiser for the spring semester,” Burns said.