Associate degrees

25 Wisconsin inmates get associate’s degrees

MILWAUKEE — More than two dozen people incarcerated in Wisconsin took a big step Friday toward rehabilitating their lives.

Twenty-five men and women graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with associate degrees. MATC partnered with the Department of Corrections to keep the program alive.

The number of graduates is up from 14 last year, and officials said there are about 200 students currently enrolled in the program statewide.

One of the graduates, Martin Medina, said a college education was something he never thought he would get.

“It gives me hope on a personal level that I can accomplish so much more than I ever thought possible and on a larger scale, it gives me hope that I can influence the next generation of my family and even just others in mainstream society to have the role model they never had. That’s the end goal,” he said.

Medina hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration or psychology.