It is the policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide to inmates various levels of academic schooling, occupational training programs, and a number of worthwhile employment experiences. This not only enables an individual to be a productive member of the institutional community while incarcerated but also of society upon his release.
The Education Department provides the majority of programs to the inmate population. The department caters to both specific and general education needs and offers leisure time programs in a wide variety of areas. All programs are intended to improve the orderly running of the institution and help inmates develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes that increase the potential for success in community life.
The staff of FCI/SPC Texarkana are committed to assessing your needs, gauging your abilities, and assigning you to programs which will make your stay at this institution personally rewarding. It is up to you; however, to achieve your goal by participating fully in the opportunities which surround you. As a result, you will be required to work wherever you are needed until openings occur.
While on A&O status, you will initially be exposed to the Education Department through the A&O Testing Program. This consists of an academic testing procedure designed to measure your current level of academic proficiency.
While on A&O status, you will come into contact with the Literacy Coordinator for a discussion of your test results, job background, and vocational needs. An Education Representative is ordinarily available to members of your Unit Team. These staff will present your specific needs when you are classified. If you desire any type of academic or vocational training, inform the Education Representative. Your Unit Team is responsible for program assignments. All questions related to education and education programs should be referred to the Literacy Coordinator or the Vocational Training Coordinator.
Congress has mandated the Bureau of Prisons to implement provisions of both the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). If you do not know if you are serving a VCCLEA or PLRA sentence, see your Case Manager.
The VCCLEA mandates that an inmate whose offense was on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996, and who lacks a high school credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress towards attaining a GED credential to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT). The PLRA mandates that in determining GCT 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 towards attaining a GED credential in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT. If you fall under one or both of the laws mentioned, do not have a GED, and fail to make satisfactory progress towards obtaining a GED, you will lose GCT credit.
The major divisions of the Education Department are: GED (General Equivalency Diploma), English-As-A-Second Language (ESL), ACE (Adult Continuing Education), and Vocational Training.
GED classroom programs are primarily concerned with General Equivalency Diploma (GED) instruction. The course is designed to assist you in receiving your high school equivalency certificate. In addition to the regular self-study material, enrichment and supplemental material are provided. The GED course is open-ended to allow entry at any level. Staff instructors and contract teachers are available. When you have completed the program, a standard GED test is administered. After passing the test, you are issued a GED diploma from Texas.
The English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program teaches ESL to non-English speakers. Two levels of instructions (survival and advanced) prepare a student to successfully read, write, and speak English.
ADULT CONTINUING EDCUATION
The Education Department offers non-credit courses on a variety of subjects. Some of the subjects are Parenting (Inside Out Dad), Language Lab, and a Resume Writing Workshop. Information on course offerings and enrollment is posted on bulletin boards in the units, in the Education Department, and on TRULINCS.
The institution offers several Vocational Training (VT) programs. Some examples of the programs offered include A+ Certification, Auto Mechanics, Computer Literacy, Construction, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Heating and Air Conditioning, Upholstery, and Welding. Check with the VT Coordinator for a complete list of available programs and the specific eligibility criteria for each.
These courses are taught by instructors from Texarkana College and each is certified by the State of Texas. Successful completion of any VT course is certified and recorded as a VT continuing education credit. These courses are subject to change as needed by Texarkana College and FCI Texarkana.
This program is designed to develop hands-on trade experience. It provides the necessary basic textbook instruction to accompany the corresponding practical training. Some examples of subjects covered are shop math, blue print reading, and tool identification. This is a self-paced course conducted in a practical work environment. The apprenticeship programs consist of Cook, Electrician, Air Conditioning, Dental Assistant, and Dental Technician. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate is issued from the Department of Labor to the student.
College level correspondence courses are available from a number of different universities for inmates who have earned a high school diploma or a GED. Inmates incur all costs of acquiring college credits.
Examinations are proctored by Education staff. Courses available are aimed at inmates who wish to obtain an Associate of Arts degree and/or a Bachelor degree.