Turning Point

In addition to its three campuses, Chaffey College also delivers high-quality education to students through its Turning Point program at the California Institution for Women and the California Institution for Men in Chino. CIW instruction began in 2004 with 26 students, having the goal of helping the women earn an associate’s degree within three years.

By 2019, Chaffey had awarded CIW students with more than 150 degrees and certificates, and these students have had a recidivism rate of nearly 0 percent.

Turning Point students receive textbook and tuition support through Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). They have access to counseling, Disability Programs and Services (DPS) and Success Center support through inmates trained as tutors. Graduates have gone on to serve as Success Center tutors and have seen success in other jobs as well.

The Turning Point program promotes Chaffey’s vision in that it transforms the lives of CIW and CIM students through education.

The Opportunity Institute’s Renewing Communities Initiative awarded Chaffey College with a grant to implement a similar program at the California Institution for Men in 2015. That $140,000 award provided the college with the means to implement the successful model that has been used at CIW. The Renewing Communities initiative aims to build bridges from corrections to college, because research has shown  a 43 percent reduction in recidivism associated with education in custody.

From 2015-2019, Chaffey College awarded 17 degrees and certificates to students at CIM.

Turning Point has served more than 300 students, with students passing 94 percent of courses they have attempted.