Student Organization Provides Service to Lycoming County Prison

Published 04.01.2009

Student News

Representatives of Pennsylvania College of Technology%E2%80%99s Collegiate Association for County Correctional Education, front row, from left%3A student Amber L. Eck, student Alesha M. Love, student Shanda M. Miller, and Timothy Mahoney, deputy warden for programming at Lycoming County Prison%3B back row, student Dajah V. Jones, student Brandon J. Close, student Mark M. Mastervich Jr., student Benjamin G. Fink, and adviser Jeremiah C. Gee.Student members of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Collegiate Association for County Correctional Education completed a library-enhancement project at the Lycoming County Prison.

The CACCE members worked to collect, organize and redistribute a variety of new, high-quality textbooks that were donated by the faculty and staff of Penn College.

When dropping off the donation, the students and their adviser were given a tour of the facility by Timothy Mahoney, deputy warden for programming at the Lycoming County Prison. Students toured the prison's cellblock, library, visiting room, kitchen and intake area. They also learned about the major functions and operations of the facility.

"Mr. Mahoney's tour exposed us to what life is like inside a prison," said Brandon J. Close, the Penn College CACCE president. "He also did an excellent job of educating us about the culture and lifestyles of those who are incarcerated."

The CACCE is a student organization that works toward enhancing educational opportunities for the incarcerated. The CACCE's efforts have been called "service learning at its best" by Ward W. Caldwell, Penn College's special assistant to the president for student affairs. Recently, the organization received national media attention for being the first student organization in America focused on increasing education in county correctional facilities.

The CACCE is seeking additional members and donations of educational materials. For more information about the CACCE or how to become involved, contact Close or Jeremiah C. Gee , CACCE adviser.

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