When we talk, I discover I can travel out of prison, sometimes even out of America. The fullness of our conversation is the road out of prison, the road back home.

Terrence, former Muskegon Correctional Facility inmate

The Grand Valley State University Community Working Classics Program, winner of the American Philosophical Association’s national award for “Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy,” offers intensive, introductory-level college courses in the liberal arts free of charge at selected locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, MI. We have, over the past ten years, offered courses at the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center, Project Rehab, Heartside Community Center, and the Muskegon Correctional Facility. Courses are taught by GVSU faculty and students.

The program has been organized under the auspices of the Philosophy Department at GVSU (Stephen Rowe, Interim Chair), and funded by various grants from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the Kellogg Foundation.