Felon may get help through new Guilford College program

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GREENSBORO, NC -- Rejected at UNC-Greensboro, a convicted felon looking for a second chance may have a shot at an education through Guilford College.

Chase Clark committed an armed robbery in Memphis, Tenn. in 2006. He served more than two years in the Shelby County Corrections system before moving to North Carolina to turn himself around.

He hasn't been in trouble since, and he just finished his first year at Guilford Tech with a 3.8 GPA in the psychology program.

A Guilford College grad named Tiffany Kallam saw Clark's story on FOX8, and she figured she could help.

Kallam is trying to get the ball rolling on a program called The Guilford College Higher Education in Prisons Initiative.

The program is designed to send teachers and professors into prisons to help them with higher education.

The program is designed to help people like Chase Clark.

It's been approved by Guilford College, and it awaits state approval.

Kallam, who most recently graduated from Wake Forest University with a masters in law (she says she doesn't want to be a lawyer), believes people like Clark who show the willingness to change and the initiative to learn deserve a second chance.

"This is a story that you hear over and over and over by these people. What else can I do? I'm trying everything," said Kallam. "You'll find that most of these people who really want this, they're hungry. They're not just going and applying for something."

Clark said he has already met with an admissions counselor at Guilford College and had an opportunity to explain in detail all of the circumstances surrounding his past mistakes.

Clark said he did not have that opportunity at UNC-Greensboro.

"With UNCG I feel like they were looking at my past as like what I am today," Clark said.

Clark hopes to get into Guilford College, get his bachelor's degree, and then pursue his law degree.

He DOES want to be a lawyer.