Adam Kouraimi remembers the satisfaction of receiving his first college report card in prison about four years ago.
He'd been incarcerated since age 15. Growing up, getting straight A's in school seemed like the stuff of legends. So when he received 4.0's in art and American history courses through Jackson College, it was a "game changer."
Kouraimi, 35, is out of prison now and is working toward his bachelor's degree in digital media production. The Ypsilanti resident is part of a new pilot program at Eastern Michigan University that's guiding people as they pursue higher education and navigate the complexities of life after incarceration.
Adam Kouraimi, 35 of Ypsilanti stands during a Zoom session call with his Eastern Michigan University independent studies professor Decky Alexander at his apartment on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Kouraimi is in a pilot program at EMU headed by Alexander, to help former incarcerated people who want to either go to college or continue the college education they started in prison. Kouraimi went to prison at the age of 15 for armed robbery and spent 19 years in before being released in 2019. Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press
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