Our Story and Mission
College Guild was founded in 2001 by two people who had been closely and intensively involved with prisoners and prison issues.
Our mission is based on the premise that when prisoners are given the opportunity and encouragement to pursue ongoing learning, it benefits both the prisoners and their communities. Prisoners who have participated in educational programs have a 50%-reduced chance of returning to prison.
College Guild courses are designed to be thought-provoking and fun, to encourage objectivity and creativity, and to provide an opportunity to spend time constructively. The courses are developed and administered by volunteers who qualify by having an interest or expertise in anything they would like to share with students.
College Guild’s non-accredited status and non-traditional curricula allow exploration into any subject area and give us the freedom to provide feedback that encourages as much as instructs.
By the Numbers
Total units completed in 2018
Students who have completed courses
Students on our waiting list