The Education Department is responsible for education testing, academic training, social education, adult continuing education, vocational/occupational training, hobby crafts, recreation activities including wellness programs, and the leisure and law library.
Education opportunities provided include Literacy Education, English as a Second Language, Advanced Occupational and Education programs, Adult Continuing Education, release preparation programs, recreation, and leisure-time activities.
By policy, with minor exceptions, all federal inmates committed after May 1, 1991, will have 60 days to show proof of high school or GED completion. All inmates unable to show proof will be tested on the Adult Basic Learning Exam (ABLE), a standardized achievement test, and enrolled in the GED program for a period of 240 class hours. If you have not successfully passed the GED exam at the end of the 240-hour period, you may drop out of the program. Successful completion of the components of this program will result in a GED certificate. Inmates sentenced under the Violent Crime and Control Law Enforcement Act or Prison Litigation Reform Act (including those with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement detainers) may lose good time if they refuse to attend GED or ESL classes. English as a second language is recommended to all inmates who are found to be limited English proficient at the time of initial classification. CASAS achievement exams will be administered to determine program placement. By policy, all limited English proficient inmates who do not possess a detainer must attend ESL until a score of 255 is attained on the CASAS certification test.
Ten week occupational courses are offered in Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Refrigeration, Welding and Heating/Ventilation Air Conditioning. Students gain hands-on experience by performing live work projects. Thirty day courses are offered in contractors licensing, home inspections, and auto air conditioning. You must have a GED, high school diploma, or concurrent enrollment in the GED program to participate in occupational courses. Apprenticeship programs are certified through the U.S. Department of Labor. Courses range from 2,000 – 8,000 hours. Hours can be earned while working an institution work assignment in CMS, UNICOR, Dental Clinic or Food Service.