FCI Pekin Educational Programs

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Interview and Placement

During the week of Admissions and Orientation, a member of the Education Departments staff will conduct an interview with you. You will receive a brief overview of the programs available and recommended programs in which you should enroll. This information will also be given to your education representative and to your unit team. We expect that you will take an active role in furthering your educational horizons.


All inmates without a GED or high school diploma who are below the 8.0 eighth grade level on the TABE test will be placed in our Pre-GED literacy class. All inmates without a GED or high school diploma who are above the 8.0 eighth grade level on the TABE test will be placed in our GED Literacy class.

An inmate shall not receive approval to voluntarily withdraw from the literacy program until he or she completes at least 240 instructional hours in the literacy program.

The PLRA provides that, in determining Good Conduct Time awards, the Bureau shall consider whether an inmate, with a date of offense on or after April 26, 1996, who lacks a high school credential, participates and makes satisfactory progress while attaining a GED credential, in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT.

When a VCCLEA inmate receives a GED UNSAT Progress assignment, earned GCT shall not vest. When a PLRA inmate receives a GED UNSAT Progress assignment, he or she will not be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT. UNSAT Progress is obtained by being found guilty of a prohibited act that is Education related or electing to withdraw from the literacy program after completing 240 hours and before GED is obtained. If an inmate is unsure whether they fall in the VCCLEA or PLRA category they need to see their case manager.

General Education Development (GED)

Individuals are given an excellent opportunity to acquire their General Educational Development Certificate through our GED program. FCI Pekin is an official GED testing center.

In todays job market, the educational standards for almost all entry level jobs are continually on the rise. Persons functioning below the high school level will face serious difficulties in obtaining meaningful employment. At FCI Pekin, we believe it is our responsibility to keep pace with the educational demands placed on the individual when seeking employment. GED is mandatory for all individuals who do not possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Following Admissions and Orientation testing, you will be placed in an appropriate GED class. The classes are self-paced and will meet the needs of those enrolled in the program. Through the use of classroom and computer assisted instructions, you will have the opportunity to prepare for the GED exam.

Before taking the GED exam, you are required to be enrolled in the GED program and successfully complete the Pre-GED exam. The score required to successfully complete the Pre-GED exam is an average of 480 with no score lower than 410 on any section of the exam. The score required to successfully complete the GED exam is an average of 450 with no score lower than 410 on any section of the exam.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Effective communication in todays society requires a number of skills. The most important of these skills is the ability to speak common language. In order to facilitate those people who are not native English speakers, FCI Pekin offers English as a Second Language. This program is designed to take students from the beginning level of English conversation and grammar to more advanced levels.

ESL is a mandatory program for those inmates who are not proficient in English. Those inmates that are not proficient in English will be required to remain in the ESL program until they successfully complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Survey (CASAS) which is used by the Bureau of Prisons as a means of measuring an individuals proficiency in English. To successfully complete the CASAS exam the student must demonstrate a proficiency level of at least 8.0 or the eighth grade level by achieving a 225 score on the reading and listening portions of the test.

Parenting Program

Various parenting education classes are offered under the Parenting Program. This is a voluntary program for incarcerated parents who wish to continue an active relationship with their children.

Advanced Occupational Education (AOE)

Small Business Management

The AOE (Advanced Occupational Educational Training) program that gives you the opportunity to take college courses. This program consists of eight college classes that lead to a one year certificate in Small Business Management awarded by Illinois Central College. These classes are taught in the evening by local college instructors. You must have a GED or High School Diploma and the past year of clear conduct to enroll in AOE. In addition, you must have enough time remaining at this institution to complete the program.

Once enrolled in the program, the student must maintain a C average in each class. If a C average is not maintained or the student withdraws from a class, he will not be eligible to participate in the program for a period of one year. If a student if found guilty of an incident report after being enrolled, the student will be withdrawn from the program. He will be eligible again after one year of clear conduct. Students will attend all class meetings. Failure to attend class will result in a withdrawal from the program.

Certified Associate Addictions Professional (CAAP) Program

This one year program is designed to train inmates in the field of drug and alcohol addiction recovery. The State of Illinois developed this certification to credential non-degreed professionals working in the field. After passing the state exam, the student will be certified, and would be qualified to work in a drug/alcohol recovery center upon release.

Vocational Training Programs

To qualify for vocational training programs, you must have a high school diploma or GED and the past year of clear conduct. In addition, you must have time remaining at this institution to complete the program. If you want to be added to a waiting list, send a cop-out to Education.


The AutoCAD program provides each individual with the opportunity to gain both experience and the skills needed to pursue a career in the computer assisted drafting industry. The focus of the AutoCAD curriculum is a core of technical classes which introduces students to the AutoCAD 2006 LT program. Each student will be trained in formatting, plotting, and file sharing operations that allow transmission of the finished blueprints.

Computer Applications

The Computer Application Program provides the inmates with training in basic computer operations. The Microsoft Office Suite programs covered in this one year program include: Keyboarding, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Machinist Program

The one year long Machinist Program consists of technical classes which introduces the student to all major aspects of the machine shop industry to include milling machines and lathes. Strong mathematics skills is a plus. Upon completion of the course, students will have the necessary skills to enter a machine shop related industry.

Adult Continuing Education (ACE)

These programs are courses taught by other inmates in the institution. Topics such as Spanish, Real Estate, Public Speaking, and Drawing are offered. Most courses are taught one night a week for six weeks. Courses are advertised in the library, and in the housing units.

Incentive and Achievement Awards

After successful completion of the following programs, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Adult Continuing Education
Vocational Training Programs
After successful completion of the following programs, students will be awarded a monetary achievement award. GED($25.00), ESL($15.00)

The following graduates will be invited to participate in the annual graduation ceremony.

Vocational Training

Library Services

The Education Department maintains a leisure and law library. The leisure library has numerous books available for circulation and reference. We ask that everyone adhere to the rules and procedures regarding checking books in and out. In addition, the library subscribes to a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. These are for use only in the library. Interlibrary Loan Services are provided through the Alliance Library System.

Law Library

The FCI Pekin law library is located in the Education Department. Federal Law books, program statements, institution supplements, and other materials are for use only in the law library. You must present an identification card or an institutional library pass to check-out these items. Electric typewriters are available for your use; however, you must buy a typing ribbon in the commissary. Legal envelopes are available in the Education Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must show your legal work to be mailed to receive the envelopes. The Commissary provides a copy machine for inmate use in the Education Library. You must buy a copy card in the commissary to use this machine.

Monday – Thursday

7:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
12:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


7:45 a.m.- 10:25 a.m.
12:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.


7:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Sundays(Leisure Rec)
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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