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Coastline Community College of Costa Mesa may soon begin teaching classes to military prisoners held in the Navy brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the military news service Stars & Stripes is reporting.

The Orange County-based Coast Community College District already has contracts to teach military students and civilian prisoners at several locations north of San Diego. Approximately ten percent of Coastline’s 10,500 enrolled students are currently incarcerated.

Peter Maharaj, who handles military and college education for the district, says the program was developed at the military’s request.

“There's been a lot of interest by the service members and the counselors at the brig for the program,” Maharaj told Stars & Stripes.

Classes would cost $169 per unit, to be paid from students’ G.I. Bill allowances. The college estimates that it would collect about $70,000 from an estimated 20 students enrolling in each of seven classes to be offered in two eight-week sessions.

Last night the district’s board of directors voted to move forward with development of the program, with classes likely to begin in the fall.

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