Concerning your recent article (EOCI makes itself indispensable, Jan. 14) in which Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution public information officer Doug Harder commented on EOCI and its culture of efficiency, the article mentions a program that provides college level courses through Blue Mountain Community College.

I wish to add that the name of the program is New Directions Educational Project.

It is not entirely funded by private foundations and grants. Many private citizens from Umatilla County, and across Oregon, inmates, and many local religious and social service organizations contribute to this very successful educational program.

We appreciate all the contributors to this unique college program.

Larry Nye

Chairman, New Directions Educational Project


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