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The Post-Secondary Education Program in Ministry and Human Services is a college-level course of study designed to prepare men in prison for ministry and work in the helping professions while in prison and after release. The program is open to prison inmates of all (or no) faith traditions who wish to serve and minister to others' needs.
Currently the Rising Hope program is offered to inmates at Fishkill, Woodbourne and Sing Sing Correctional Facilities. There are two semesters, each consisting of classes held nightly Monday-Friday for 15 weeks. In addition classes may be offered in the summer or between semesters.
Courses vary from time to time but include college writing skills, theology, ethics, counseling, sociology, Old and New Testament studies, church history and homiletics/public speaking. Volunteers need a minimum of Master's degree and must be at least 21 years of age.