FCI Estill Educational Programs

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Education Department

The Education Department is supervised by the supervisor of education and is responsible for providing a broad range of programs including academics and testing, social education, parenting, vocational training, pre-release programming, and legal and leisure
library resources. Every inmate will be interviewed by the education technician prior to initial classification with the assigned unit
team to determine appropriate educational level and desired programming.

Counseling Activities

Education staff offer various groups and are available for counseling needs. These groups may include Drug Education, Self-Image, Personal Finance, Health and Nutrition, Employment, Personal Growth and Development, Release Preparation, Parenting, and other voluntary groups. You are encouraged to participate. Staff are available during prescribed open house hours (3 :00 – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday) for individual counseling on various educational issues.

Attendance policy

Students are required to attend all class sessions, unless otherwise notified by a staff instructor. Local Policy states that students can only be excused from class or assignment upon written approval of the Associate Warden (programs), a medical appointment, or written call-outs. All other absences will be counted as unexcused. Students will be considered tardy if not present within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled class time. After exhausting all attempts to locate the student, the Lieutenant’s office will be notified and students will receive an Incident Report for unexcused absence from a program assignment

Student rules and regulations

Good student behavior is essential to bring about optimum educational growth. Optimum educational growth is achieved when students exhibit self-respect for others, their property, and are able to function in a school environment which is structured to ensure individual dignity and individual worth of all its members. In order to promote and improve the academic environment, we have adopted the following policies for students to follow in all classes at all times.

Be on time for all classes. Do not be disruptive or uncooperative in class. Do not bring magazines, newspapers, or anything that does not pertain to the class. Do not wear radios, headphones, or hats inside the Education Department. Do not sleep in class. Do not leave the classroom unless you ask and receive permission from the instructor. Do not use abusive or inappropriate language. Do not draw, complete commissary sheets, or do anything which is not related to the class lesson(s). Complete only the work as instructed. Dress appropriately for class. Only institution khaki shirts and pants are allowed, and shirt tails must be tucked in. Be respectful to other students and tutors. Do not eat or drink in the Education Department. Leave the area around you clean and tidy. Incentive/Achievement System: A graduation ceremony will be scheduled twice each year for compensatory education classes (GED and ESL), as well as vocational occupation classes which are classified as marketable in nature. Certificates and $25 will be awarded for successful completion and participation in these specific programs. Attendance in the graduation ceremonies is mandatory.

Achievement incentives, such as commissary-type items (cookies, candy, chips, soda) trial size hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo), and stationary items (cards, paper, pencils), will be provided on a discretionary basis to students participating and progressing through various stages of compensatory classes who excel in performance, attitude, and behavior. Such awards will be distributed infrequently through the Supervisor of Education at the recommendation of the instructor. Students achieving a basic literacy level (equivalent to 8th grade), as measured by the Adult Basic Learning Examination, will receive a one-time achievement award of $5. Students achieving a score of 500 or higher in each subject area of the practice GED examination will receive a onetime achievement award of$10 through the inmate pay system.

Literacy/General Equivalency Development (GED)

If you do not provide official proof of a high school diploma or a GED certificate, you will be required to attend GED classes for a minimum of 240 classroom hours. Your current educational status will be determined during the education intake interview. All inmates who fail to produce adequate documentation of high school equivalence will be automatically enrolled in a mandatory GED program, until documentation is provided to staff or until the attainment of a GED Certificate is awarded. Inmates who do not possess a high school diploma or GED credential will be restricted to pay grade 4 until the attainment of high school equivalency. The GED program is self-paced. Upon mastery of the necessary objectives, as well as appropriate scoring on each subject area test of the practice GED examination, your instructor will recommend to the supervisor of education for you take the official GED examination. While the Literacy Program (GED) is available for all
inmates to participate, those who elect to not participate after meeting policy requirements should be aware of the following statutes:
The Violent Crime Control Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) mandates that any inmate with a date of offense on or after September
1994, but before April 26, 1996, lacking a high school credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress toward the
attainment of a GED certificate in order to vest earned good conduct time (GCT).

The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) provides that in determining GCT awards, the Bureau of Prisons will consider whether an inmate with a date of offense on or after April 26, 1996, has earned or is making satisfactory progress toward the attainment of a GED certificate.

If an inmate falls under one of these two sentencing guidelines and chooses not to enroll and make satisfactory progress in the Literacy Program, it will have a negative effect on his good conduct time. For further information, consult the program statement on the Literacy Program (GED standard) or inquire of Education staff.

English-as-a Second Language (ESL)

During the education interview, a staff member will evaluate your ability to speak, read, write, and understand English, if English is not your primary language. If it is determined that you need classes in English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), you will be required to attend ESL classes until you have demonstrated English language proficiency. Proficiency in the ESL program is measured by the achievement of a 225 score on the CASAS Certification Exam.

Passing the certification examination is required for completion of the English-as-a-Second Language Program.

Continuing Education

A variety of continuing education programs are offered by the Education Department. These classes vary from semester to semester, depending on interest and instructor availability. Programs offered include Commercial Driver’s License (academic instruction only), Business, Public Speaking, Writers’ workshops, Spanish-as-a-Second Language, Arabic, Business Math, Business Law, and Algebra, Spanish, Calligraphy, and other high-interest topics. All post-secondary educational courses must be approved by the assigned post-secondary coordinator prior to enrolling.

Correspondence Courses

All correspondence courses must be approved by the Education Department prior to an inmate enrolling.

Vocational Training

The Vocational Training program offers a variety of work-related programs that are classroom and competency based, as well as self-paced. Apprenticeship opportunities are avallable as cook/chef, electrician, plumber, dental assistant, industrial mechanic, carpentry, HV AC, quality control technician, welding, and baker. Additional vocational training programs include Carpentry, HV AC, Computer, and Food Technology.


Upon your request to your unit team, you will be scheduled for a series of pre-release workshops designed to assist you
in preparing for your release. These workshops include topics such as health and nutrition, personal growth and development, employment, personal finance, release requirements, and community resources related to anger management, family/spiritual counseling, vocational rehabilitation, social security programs, and other pertinent information.

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