FCI Big Spring Educational Programs

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Education Hours


Monday – Friday:
Open: 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Closed: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Open: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Open: 5:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Saturday:
Open: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Closed: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Open: 11:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Education Programs


The Education Department is responsible for educational testing, academic training, social education, parenting program, vocational training, hobby crafts, recreational activities, and the leisure and law libraries. In order to be eligible for promotion above pay grade four, an inmate must have a high school diploma, GED or a pay grade exemption. Inmates who obtain a GED while at the institution will receive $25.00 and a photograph.

Inmates who committed their offense on or after September 13, 1994, are subject to the conditions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) or the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). Inmates without a GED that fall under the conditions of VCCLEA or PLRA must enroll in GED classes and make satisfactory progress in order to earn their maximum amount of Good Conduct Time (GCT). Any inmates in the VCCLEA/PLRA category who refuse GED classes will not earn their maximum amount of GCT. Inmates will receive a GED progress assignment of either GED SAT (for satisfactory progress) or GED UNSAT (for not making satisfactory progress). Inmates who are convicted of a prohibited act in the Literacy program will receive a GED UNSAT progress assignment. Inmates with a GED UNSAT progress assignment must attend 240 classroom hours in good standing before they are eligible to receive a GED SAT progress assignment and begin receiving the maximum amount of GCT.


College Courses


FCI Big Spring offers college-level courses from Howard College. All inmates wishing to take these courses must meet Howard College entrance criteria. The Education Department will pay for courses, providing funds are available. Inmates must be In-District to enroll in college level courses. An inmate must maintain a 2.5 GPA and may not drop any classes. If his GPA falls below 2.5, or he drops any classes, the inmate will be dropped from college level courses. All participants will be at the discretion of the Supervisor of Education.

Correspondence Courses


To enroll in a correspondence course, approval must be obtained from the Supervisor of Education via an “Inmate Request to a Staff Member” form.
Vocational Training: There are 10 Vocational Training programs available for the inmate population. The program and the length of each is as follows:

Soldering Four months
Commercial Housekeeping Seven 1/2 months
Plumbing Trades Seven 1/2 months
Building Trades Seven 1/2 months
Masonry Skills Seven 1/2 months
Electrical Trades Seven 1/2 months
HVAC (Heating Vent A/C) Seven 1/2 months
Computer-Aided Drafting /Graphics Five 1/2 months
Beginning Computer Skills Five 1/2 months
Advanced Computer Skills Five 1/2 months
Desktop Publishing Six months
Work Force Training Four months
Small Engine Repair Three 1/2 months
Green Building Technologies Three 1/2 months
Wind Technology Technician Three 1/2 months
Commercial Food Service Three 1/2 months

To enroll in one of these programs, an application can be obtained from the VT Coordinator and your Unit Team will approve enrollment. If the program is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list. You will be placed on call-out to find out if you are still interested when there is a vacancy in the program.

After you are enrolled in the program, you have until the third class day to decide if you would like to remain in the program. When the third class day ends, you will be required to remain in the program until completion. After you complete your training in the VT program, you will be assigned to a detail so that you can continue your experience in that field.

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