EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Class sessions are conducted by education staff members with the assistance of contract teachers and inmate tutors in mornings, afternoons and nights. An education representative/counselor can advise prospective students of various programs and courses available. The following academic programs are offered.
ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAM (ESL)
The ESL course is offered at FCC Tucson to all non-English speaking inmates. The program is designed to teach ESL on two different levels and to accommodate basic, intermediate, and advanced students. The focus of this program is to teach students basic English, oral and listening skills that help communications with prison personnel and an understanding of others in the prison setting.
Completion of the ESL program is mandatory for all non-English speaking U.S. citizens and may be waived only at the discretion of the Warden.
GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The GED Program seeks to help students at all academic levels. The GED program is offered in 3-tiers: Special Learning Needs, Pre-GED, and GED to meet the needs of inmates. Students who achieve less than a 5.0 grade equivalent score on the TABE test will be placed in the SLN class. Students who score between 5.0 – 8.0 will be placed in the Pre-GED class. Students who score between 8.0 – 13.0 will be placed in the GED class. The GED preparatory program is designed to meet the academic needs of inmates who have not completed high school or do not have a GED.
GED is a mandatory program for U.S. citizens who do not have a verified GED or high school diploma.
LITERACY REQUIREMENTS FOR VCCLEA/PLRA
Congress has mandated the Bureau of Prisons to implement the provisions of both VCCLEA (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act) and PLRA (Prison Litigation Reform Act) effective November 3, 1997.
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 diploma, MUST participate in, and make satisfactory progress towards attaining a GED to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT).
The PLRA provides 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 diploma, participates and makes satisfactory progress towards attaining a GED, in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT.
Inmates not having a verified GED or High School diploma, who are VCCLEA or PLRA must enroll in class for 240 instructional hours. An inmate shall NOT receive approval to voluntarily withdraw from the Literacy Program until he/she completes at least 240 instructional hours in that program.
All VCCLEA or PLRA inmates are required to participate in, and make satisfactory progress towards completing the Literacy (GED Standard) Program. Pretrial inmates in holdover status, inmates committed for the purpose of a court ordered study and observation, or sentenced aliens with a deportation detainer are exempt from attending the Literacy Program. However, a sentenced VCCLEA alien and a sentenced PLRA alien with a deportation detainer must participate and make satisfactory progress in the Literacy program to earn the maximum amount of GCT. A sentenced deportable alien does not need to participate in the literacy program, if he/she is: assigned a Public Safety Factor ‘H’ status of “Alien” (see the Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual). Criminal aliens who are subject to a confirmed final order of deportation exclusion, or removal will be exempted from the Good Conduct Time Provision of VCCLEA/PLRA. It must be confirmed that the inmate is assigned with a Case Management Activity (CMA) assignment of “IHP CMP WD,” “IHP CMPWDE,” or “IHP CMPWDI.”
Students can have concurrent enrollment in GED literacy and in the Mexican Curriculum Program. The Mexican Consulate offers certificates in primary and secondary education through our education department. The Mexican Curriculum is a voluntary program open to any student wishing to receive accreditation from the Mexican Government in either program.
There are a variety of re-entry classes offered to assist offenders in making a productive reintegration into society. Please check the release preparation calendar for the current list of classes.
ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM (ACE)
FCC Tucson offers a variety of Adult Continuing Education classes. Please check the current activity calendar for the list of ACE classes.
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM (PSE)
UNICOR will award post-secondary school scholarships to selected, qualified inmate workers. These scholarships provide an inmate with the opportunity to begin or continue courses as approved and deemed appropriate by the Supervisor of Education.
The Education Department is committed in making its educational programs valuable to all inmates and will continue with innovation that increases the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of its programs. The department is helping inmates to better cope with being incarcerated and raising a family simultaneously. Each inmate will have the opportunity to learn how to counteract the negative family consequences resulting from his incarceration. Social Services and community-based organization will be included in the Parenting Program.
INCENTIVE AWARD PROGRAM
Students passing the GED test will be awarded $25.00. This will be credited to the inmates account. Students enrolled in the ESL program who pass the CASAS Level C Reading Certification test with a 225 (equivalent to an 8th grade ESL level) and achieve a score of 215 in Form B or C of the Listening Comprehension Survey Achievement test will be awarded $15.00. Students completing the GOALS program will receive an average of all scores, which will be used to determine the grade equivalency increase.
Inmate Performance Pay is regulated by the inmates’ level of education. Those not having a verified FED/High School Diploma will be restricted to Grade 4 compensation.
A graduation ceremony will be held annually for all GED, ESL, Vocational Training, and Apprenticeship graduates. Every month, the Education Department recognizes a “Student of the Month.” Individuals will be nominated from the Literacy Program by all teachers. The individual selected will receive a consumable award.
OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Vocational training is an integral part of the educational program and is recognized as the basic study of a trade or occupation emphasizing training and live work. At the Tucson facilities, the emphasis is on the attainment of skill development. This skill training is provided in the following vocational programs:
Electrical Apprenticeship Program (FCI, USP): This is a full-time job assignment in the Electric shop.
The 8000 hour Apprenticeship Program is limited to a maximum of 10 Apprentices who are trained by the Electricians. The following entrance requirements have been established: 1) Must have a GED or high school diploma; 2) Must have a minimum of 5 years remaining to be served at FCC Tucson; 3) Must have medical clearance.
HVAC Apprenticeship Program (FCI, USP)
This is a full-time job assignment in the Heating and Air Conditioning shop. The 8000 hour Apprenticeship Program is limited to a maximum of 5 Apprentices who are trained by the HVAC Foreman. The following entrance requirements have been established: 1) Must have a GED or high school diploma; 2) Must have a minimum of 4 years remaining to be served at FCC Tucson; 3) Must have medical clearance.
Plumbing Apprenticeship Program (FCI, USP)
This is a full-time job assignment in the Plumbing shop. The 8000 hour Apprenticeship Program is limited to a maximum of 10 Apprentices who are trained by the Plumbing Foreman. The following entrance requirements have been established: 1) Must have a GED or high school diploma; 2) Must have a minimum of 5 years remaining to be served at FCC Tucson; 3) Must have medical clearance.
The Custodial Maintenance Course (USP)
The Custodial Maintenance Course prepares students to clean public and private buildings in a clean and orderly fashion. This class will be 100 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 20 hours hands on experience.
Cook Apprenticeship Program (CAMP, FCI, USP)
This is a full-time job assignment in Food Service or the Food Service Bakery. The following entrance requirements have been established: 1) Must have a GED or high school diploma; 2) Must have worked in trade a minimum of 6 months; 3) Inmates wishing to enroll will submit a cop-out to Food Service first for initial approval. All approved cop-outs will be forwarded to the Vocational Training Instructor for final approval.
Environmental Technology (FCI)
This is a one year program. You must have a GED or high school diploma and designated at the FCI for at least 18 months. Upon completion, you will be awarded a Certificate of Direct Employment Water/Wastewater systems Technology.
Basic Baking Fundamentals (FCI and Camp)
This is an exploratory six month program available to inmates. You do not have to have your GED to enroll in this exploratory program; however, must have at least 6 months remaining to be served at FCC Tucson.
Culinary Arts (FCI, USP): This four year program includes the following components: Exploratory, NOCTI, ServeSafe, and Apprenticeship. Must have at least 2 years remaining to be served at FCC Tucson.
General Library/Legal Resources Center (LRC)
A copy machine is also available at the inmate’s expense.
The USP and FCI SHU both have an electronic law library. Inmates in Administrative Detention and Disciplinary Segregation shall submit a request to the Officer-in-Charge to use the electronic law library at the FCI and USP. Inmates will use their phone access code number (PAC); Commissary Personal Identification Number (PIN); Registration Number; to utilize the electronic law library. PIN AND PAC numbers are available from Trust Fund Staff. Inmates who do not have access to a TRULINCS printer will complete both an “Inmate Request for TRULINCS Print Form and a paper BP-199.” USP inmates will forward a completed BP-199 and this form to their SHU Counselor for copies. FCI SHU, Cholla, or Yucca Unit inmates will submit an Inmate Request for TRULINCS Print Form and a paper BP-199 to his/her Unit Manager for processing. Inmates housed in a Special Housing Unit (SHU) may request legal materials not available, in the SHU library, by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff Member (BP-E148.070) to the Education Department. Inmate housed in the FCI SHU may receive from the main law library: legal manilla envelopes, certified mail receipts, and return receipts. Inmates housed in the USP SHU will use the electronic law library to conduct legal research and may request legal envelopes, certified mail receipts, and return receipts.
The Leisure Library book collection consists of a large collection of paperback books and a broad range of Spanish books. Also available in the book collection are hardcover reference books.
The Leisure Library’s inter-library loan program is available through Pima Community College.
The Leisure Library and the Legal Resource Center Hours Are as Follows:
Monday-Friday: 12:30pm-3:30pm and Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-8:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays: 8:00am-9:30pm and 12:00pm-3:30pm
Monday-Friday: 1:30pm-3:30pm and 5:00pm-8:30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 7:30-9:30am; 11:30am-3:30pm; 5:00pm-8:00pm.
FCI LAW Library:
Monday-Friday: 1:30pm-3:30pm and Monday-Thursday 6:00pm- 8:30pm. Saturday: 7:30-9:30am; 11:30am-3:30pm; Closed on Sunday.
Monday-Friday: 1:30pm-3:30pm and 5:00pm-8:30pm. Saturday – Sunday: 7:30- 9:30am; 11:00am-3:30pm; 5:00pm-9:00pm.