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Inmates talk with professors about how to teach classes in the Inside-Out program, where half the students are prisoners and half are traditional college students. Gabrielle Emanuel/NPR hide caption

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Evan Bonham is a senior majoring in recorded music at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Alex Welsh for NPR hide caption

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Nancy Chen chose to go to community college at Montgomery College. On Monday nights, she works for the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Professor Bharat Anand of Harvard Business School teaches students all over the world live from a television studio. Courtesy of Harvard Business School hide caption

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With mesh backpacks slung over their shoulders, inmates walk to school at San Quentin State Prison. Inmates have the chance to earn an associate of arts degree here through the Prison University Project. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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A human skeleton, part of the WM Bass Donated Skeletal Collection. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Trident Technical College on June 17 during a campaign stop in North Charleston, S.C. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan (second from left) speaks with inmate Terrell Johnson, a participant in the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. Kevin Lamarque/Landov hide caption

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