Ever since launching Washington University’s Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific in 2014, Rob Henke and Barbara Baumgartner have been passionate leaders of the program. Dozens of men have taken the Wash U-taught courses while incarcerated. In recent years, those efforts have paid off in the form of college degrees.

Barbara Baumgartner

Washington University faculty member Barbara Baumgartner (pictured at far right) threw a celebration at her home last week for several graduates of the university’s Prison Education Project, two of whom have now gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees (including Jim Brock, center right).

At the project’s first commencement ceremony, in 2019, 10 students earned their associate degree. And now, two of them have gone

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