Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

How to apply to the Pathways program


Most students require at least one semester to make arrangements to take classes. Students and their families should follow this checklist to make sure everything is in order before attempting to register:

  • Secure funding
  • Obtain all approvals from your correctional facility prior to applying. Be sure to meet with the education director/advisor at your facility before applying.
  • Contact Center for Continuing Studies for application information:

Center for Continuing Studies

Attn: Pathways for Incarcerated Students Program

Brown Hall 115K

St. Cloud State University

720 Fourth Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301


Quotes from past Pathways Students

  • “Not everything in the world is easy.  Life is hard. Pick yourself up and pick up life where you left it.  I refuse and choose not to be another statistic in the record books.  I want a better life, I want to better myself.  I want to change.”
  • “That is hope.  When all is lost and one is blind, one loses one’s faith and hope.  But with a second chance for renewal in life to get a higher education, why not?  There is nothing to lose here.  Either way you gain something at the end.”
  • “With the right attitude, hard work, much effort and opportunity, only time will tell what people do with the education they have received in prison.  It’s not how you got your education, it’s how bad do you want it and where you go from there.”
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