All promotions in the Federal Prison Industries and institution assignments beyond the entry level grade are contingent on successful completion of the Literacy Program (GED). Program Statement 5350.24, English-as-a-Second Language Program (ESL), requires inmates with limited English proficiency skills to attend ESL classes until they have achieved the eighth-grade level as measured by a score of 225 on the ESL CASAS Reading Certification test and a score of 215 on the Listening Comprehension test.
Inmates with a deportation detainer are still subject to the satisfactory literacy provision of the VCCLEA and PLRA.
Adult Continuing Education Courses
Occupational training programs include blueprint, carpentry, computer applications, electric, masonry, plumbing, and appliance repair. The advanced occupational college classes are offered through Greenbrier Valley Community and Technical College. Inmates may earn a one-year certificate in business.
Inmates may also enroll in correspondence courses from other colleges at their own expense. The college coordinator must give approval, prior to enrollment, if the program results in a degree.
A 40-hour parenting program encourages inmates to maintain family relationships while incarcerated. Parenting topics include child development, child health, child safety, and abusive relationships. Library activities are available during leisure time.