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Our Story


College Guild is a grassroots education nonprofit founded in 2001 by two people working closely with incarcerated people.

Our mission is to provide free correspondence courses that connect incarcerated people with a community beyond prison walls, fostering mutual respect through a shared passion for learning. Research has shown that incarcerated people who have participated in prison education programs have a 50%-reduced chance of returning to prison.

College Guild offers free classes for incarcerated people which are designed to be thought-provoking and fun, to encourage objectivity and creativity, and to provide an opportunity to spend time constructively.

Our unique courses cover subjects in science, writing, history, art, and culture. They are developed and administered by volunteers who offer special interests and expertise that they wish to share with students. 

College Guild’s non-accredited status and non-traditional curricula allows for exploration into diverse subject areas and gives us the freedom to reach more people and provide feedback which educates students while providing them with encouragement and respect.


Our program is inclusive of all identities. 

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Founder Julie Zimmerman

By the Numbers


Total units completed in 2018


Students who have completed courses


Active students


Students on our waiting list

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