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Nate Bethancourt has found his calling in entrepreneurship. It’s something he’s studied in class with John Dobson, a professor in the Clark University School of Management. He’s gained confidence pitching his ideas and frequently sells homemade juice at Clark Collective Pop-Up events. Bethancourt is just like any other student on campus, but his path to Clark may be the least traditional.

Bethancourt is one of nine students in a new educational program for formerly incarcerated individuals called Liberal Arts for Returning Citizens (LARC), which launched at Clark this fall.

“Seeing people from a different background in the same space on campus shows the public that we’re not that much different,” he says.

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