In 2018, The staff and offenders at the Chillicothe Correction Center went to school. The Missouri Department of Corrections says one of the top 18 things done in the year 2018 was expanding the education opportunities. Through a new partnership with Rockhurst University, staff and offenders at Chillicothe Correctional Center are taking free college courses taught by Rockhurst professors. Launched in summer 2018, the program offers weekly classes that allow the students to earn credits toward a degree. The Department of Corrections also have formed a partnership with Ashland University of Ohio, where offenders who qualify for Second Chance Pell Grants can take college courses using their tablets and staff can receive a discount on online courses.
College programs also are available at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center and Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center through partnerships with Washington University and Saint Louis University.