Higher Education in Prison Program

In order to deepen the commitment to our Core Values of community, diversity, equality, justice and stewardship, and offer a liberal arts education to inmates in North Carolina, Guilford College in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers coursework in two correctional institutions.

The Higher Education in Prison Program (HEIPP) brings Guilford College instructors to incarcerated women and men who provide courses in the fields of business, English, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and conflict resolution. The five-semester program provides students with an opportunity to receive 30 college credits and to take a preparatory course for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification exam. These credits are transferable to most schools that offer associate and bachelor’s degrees.

The program is offered in a men’s prison in Salisbury, the Piedmont Correctional Institution, and a women’s prison in Troy, the Southern Correctional Institution.