The Education Department provided academic classes, vocational training, recreation, and leisure activities for inmates who wish to, or who are required to participate. The primary goal of the programs is to meet the needs of inmates in the areas of:
- Functional literacy
- High school equivalency
- Marketable work skills
- Continuing education
- Positive use of leisure time
You will be assigned an Education Representative who will meet with you to discuss your educational needs and/or interests. The Education Representative is a voting member on your Unit Team and reports your progress regarding your individual education plan. Individual needs are determined through the administration of a test, a review of your PSI, and, as mentioned, a personal interview.
The following programs are currently offered:
ACADEMIC EDUCATION AREAS:
GED LITERACY PROGRAM (GED): The GED Literacy Program is a mandatory program. In accordance with Federal Bureau of prisons’ Program Statement 5350-Literacy Program (GED Standard), any inmate who does not have a verified high school diploma or GED must attend literacy classes for a minimum of 240 instructional hours. An inmate may test out of the Literacy Program prior to conclusion of the 240-hour period. Pursuant to the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA), and the 1995 Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), an inmate lacking a high school credential must participate and make satisfactory progress in the Literacy Program in order to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT). Bureau staff shall consider whether inmates have earned or are making satisfactory progress toward attainment of a GED certificate.
TESTING PROCEDURES: Any inmate who does not have a verified high school diploma or a GED certificate must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) within two weeks of his commitment date. The results of this test assist with the assignment to a pre-GED or GED class. If you claim that you have a high school diploma or a GED certificate and this is not verifiable, you will have sixty (60) days to provide proof of your claim to the Education Department. Documentation must be received directly from the appropriate school or agency or when the achievement is officially verified by appropriate government personnel in the Presentence Investigation Report (PSI). If your claim cannot be verified within this sixty (60) day period, you will be required to take the TABE test and will be scheduled for class.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABE): Adult Basic Education is a program for inmates who score lower than a fifth grade level on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Curriculum areas include mathematics, language, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The instruction is individualized to allow students to work at their own pace.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: Federal Bureau of Prisons Program Statement 5350-English as a Second Language (ESL), and the Crime Control Act of 1990 (CCA) require limited English proficient inmates confined in a Federal Prison System facility to participate in the ESL Program. They must remain in the ESL Program until they can function at the equivalence of the eighth grade level in competency skills (as measured by a score of 225 on the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System [CASAS] test).
ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION (ACE): ACE courses are inmate-taught, general knowledge/information courses which last 8 to 12 weeks, Classes such as foreign languages, history, legal research, and business are among those that may be offered. If an inmate has a desire to teach a course, he must submit a “cop-out” to the Supervisor of education detailing his request.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING (VT) CLASSES: Presently, Telecommunications /Fiber Optics Installation technician, Information Processing, and Personal Fitness Trainer Vocational Training Programs are offered. Individual certification is offered in each of these programs.
INDEPENDENT STUDY: Any inmate who wants to pursue Independent Study (correspondence) Courses must have prior approval from the Supervisor of Education for any course he wishes to take. Any courses not approved will be sent home at the inmate’s expense.
PARENTING: A comprehensive program encouraging and strengthening the ongoing relationship between family members is provided.
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE CENTER (ERC): The ERC contains a variety of materials to assist inmates in career/job development, job search skills, resume writing, interview skills and job retention. This area also contains important addresses, phone numbers, and community resources that are vital to an inmate’s success after his release from prison. With the help of a trained Job Coach, inmates can work to determine a career path, set goals to progress toward that job, participate in educational training as needed, and learn the skills necessary to obtain a job upon release. The following are the hours of the ERC: Sunday, 7:30am until 9:50am and 11:00am until 3:30pm; Monday through Thursday 2:30pm until 8:00pm, and Friday from 2:30pm until 3:45pm.