FCI Phoenix Educational Programs

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The Education department is responsible for all educational programs, both mandatory and elective. It is also responsible for maintaining the Law and Leisure library and for conducting all academic testing.

The educational and vocational programs described within this handbook are designed to provide inmates with an opportunity for self improvement, skill training, educational advancement and related goals.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For those individuals enrolled in GED/Spanish GED, and ESL programs, attendance is mandatory. Unless you have a verified medical excuse in writing or are on a call-out, you must be in class during your assigned period.


Effective November 3, 1997, all inmates whose offenses took place on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996 (VCCLEA), and those inmates whose offense dates occurred after April 2, 1996 (PLRA), who lack a high school diploma must participate in, and make satisfactory progress towards obtaining a GED credential in order to be eligible to earn and vest the maximum amount of good time.


The Pre-GED program provides instruction in the basic skills of mathematics, reading, and language. Students learn through a combination of instructor-guidance, self study, tutoring, lectures, and use of a variety of audio visual programs. All students will be enrolled for 240 instructional hours.


The GED class teaches more advanced skills in mathematics, reading, writing, grammar and includes instruction in science and social studies. All students will be enrolled for 240 instructional hours.


All newly committed inmates are required to complete ABLE testing within 30 days of their commitment. The ABLE test is given to everyone to determine their academic grade level. An inmate returning or transferring to this institution who has NOT taken the ABLE test, or who does not have verifiable test scores, will be required to take the ABLE test. For the non-English speaking inmate, other standardized testing is available (The SABE).

An inmate will be required to take the ABLE test unless he has verified GED or high school diploma at the time of arrival at the institution.


The ESL program is designed to help teach the non-English speaking inmates how to speak, read and write English. Students learn by utilizing verbal drills, guided self-study, and tutoring. Once an inmate has completed the program by passing the CASAS certification exam, the inmate may enroll in the GED p


The Education Department has designed and implemented a GED program tailored to fit the needs of Spanish speaking inmates. Spanish speaking inmates may satisfy the educational achievement requirements by taking the SABE or Spanish GED test. All students need to be enrolled for a minimum of 240 instructional hours.


The Education Department currently provides an “on site” college computer class, in conjunction with Central Texas College, which is accredited by the southern Association of Colleges.


In order to reward individual academic achievement, the education department has established an Incentive Awards Program. Inmates who successfully complete the GED and ESL programs, and who pass the GED and CASAS Certification exams respectively, are awarded a financial incentive award (usually $25.00).

Other incentive awards are utilized to provide ongoing rewards for students who make excellent progress. Those awards, which include small monetary incentives as well as dictionaries and other educational aides, are offered for “Student of the Month” and ESL A, B and C level completions.


If you are interested in taking correspondence courses, you must go through the College Coordinator who will assist you with information on approved courses and location of alternative schools. All classes must be approved by the College coordinator and all books and material must be received through the Education department. College costs, including books and tuition, are the responsibility of the student. Tuition and books may be paid for with the Inmate Request for Funds Form (form 24).


To be eligible for any VT or college courses, an inmate must have a high school diploma or GED.

The purpose of the Vocational Training Programs is to prepare inmates for entry level employment in various vocational fields upon release. They include the following programs:

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Facility Maintenance Class
Computer Technology

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