Education and hope are vital to rehabilitation. That’s why Marymount Manhattan College offers college-prep and degree programs to the women incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison.
The Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP) offers courses leading to an Associates of Arts degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Marymount Manhattan College is the sole degree-granting institution of the BHCP, which also includes college-prep courses in writing and math.
The College provides textbooks and school supplies, and the College Learning Center has a networked computer lab, a library, and an area for students to meet with professors and tutors.
We consider Bedford students a part of the MMC student community, and maintain the same general education and major requirements. Approximately 14–16 courses of all levels are offered each semester. Students typically take 2-3 courses per semester.
BHCP applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED and take placement exams in math, reading, and essay writing. Test scores help determine placement in either credit or non-credit preparatory courses.
The MMC Experience at Bedford Hills
We offer a rich slate of academic and extracurricular activities to enhance BHCP students’ college experience, including guest speakers and skills enhancement workshops. Students also share their creative work in Read Arounds, writing workshops, and poetry slams.
Since 2006, we host the Crossing Borders Academic Conference at the facility every 1-2 years, where professors and students—from outside the facility and in—present their work on a wide variety of subjects. The event attracts about 200 attendees, and its importance to Bedford students cannot be overstated. The conference is a reminder that they are important and respected members of a larger learning community.
MMC also holds Inside/Out Art Exhibits at the facility, showcasing artwork from BHCP, MMC, and consortium college students, and publishes The Insider newsletter, designed to serve the facility’s whole population, not just students. Current and past BHCP students comprise the editorial board, write the articles, and design the layout of the newsletter.
USA Today featured an article on Marymount Manhattan College’s work with the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility! Check it out here .
For an overview of the BHCP, watch the video below: