FCI Coleman Medium Educational Programs

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The Education Department here at FCC Coleman-Medium is under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of Education. The Department offers a wide variety of academic, social and vocational training programs. These programs allow students to pursue training career options and lifestyle enhancement that will benefit participants in various areas of their lives while incarcerated and upon release.

Literacy Program

The Adult Basic Education Program is provided for inmates who do not have a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). This is a mandatory class and is designed to meet the specific needs of all inmates by using individualized instruction. Various audio visual materials are utilized including VCR monitors, audio cassettes and computer assisted instruction. The Adult Basic Education classes are offered in both English and Spanish.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Non-native speakers of English will receive an interview upon entry into the institution for needs assessment. They will then be assigned to an English as a Second Language class. These classes are also individualized and focus on reaching proficiency in speaking and reading the English language. Completion time for these programs are contingent upon the student and his active participation.

Inmates Sentenced Under VCCLEA or PLRA

If you are sentenced under VCCLEA or PLRA:

  • You must have a high school diploma, or be enrolled in, making satisfactory progress in the GED program, in order to vest your good conduct time.
  • Inmates who are exempt from attending GED class based on a deportation detainer, must enroll in GED or ESL in order to receive their good conduct time.
  • Inmates who have completed mandatory period of enrollment must remain enrolled, or re-enroll to vest their good conduct time.
  • Inmates found guilty of incident report related to their literacy program enrollment, will be changed to GED UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS, and will not vest their good conduct time.
  • Following assignment of a GED UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS code, inmates will be required to complete 240 hours of program enrollment before they can be changed back to a SATISFACTORY code. Good conduct time will not vest while the UNSATISFACTORY assignment exists.

Vocational Training

A variety of vocational training programs are offered for inmates to enhance their possibilities of employment upon release to the community.

A comprehensive BuildingTrades Program is available to include electrical wiring, plumbing, woodworking and masonry.

Drafting, blueprint reading and building maintenance/sanitation are speciality areas in which specific hands-on equipment and computer assisted instruction are used.

The Culinary Arts Program will afford the student to learn through on-the-job training in the Food Services Department.

These individual trades, as well as many others, can lead to state certification through the apprenticeship program.

Adult Continuing Education

The purpose of the Adult Continuing Education Program is to offer classes which will enhance an inmate’s job skills, general knowledge and life skills. These classes are generally held during the afternoon and evening hours and include Business Education, Basis Computer Skills and Typing. Other classes will be offered upon availability and interest.

Parenting Program

The Parenting Program was established to provide parents information and counseling through directed classes on how to enhance their relationship with their children even while incarcerated. A specific area in the visiting room is set aside for inmates to “practice” skills learned in the classroom while their children visit.

Law and Leisure Library

The Law and Leisure library will be open from 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM on Saturday, and 7:30 AM -9:30 AM on Sunday.

Typewriters and photocopiers are available in the department and inmates with LEGAL work will have priority.

Leisure books may be checked out of the library.

Newspapers and magazines must remain in the leisure reading area and legal books must be requested for use in the library only and cannot be checked out.

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