The Education Department at FCI, Waseca offers a variety of courses and programs for the inmate population. Inmates are encouraged to be involved in education programs for their own benefit.
The Education Department is responsible for educational testing, training, social education, pre-release programs, vocational training, hobby crafts, recreational activities, the library and the Law Library.
Two new vocation training programs will be offered soon. The Culinary Arts program will provide training in preparing a variety of foods for service in the staff dining room. This program will last approximately one year and a GED or high school diploma is a requirement for program enrollment and applicants must have clear conduct for one year. The Can Do Canines program will provide training as an animal handler/trainer. Puppies will be trained as service dogs for people with special needs from about 6 months of age through 18 months. At that time the dogs will be turned over to the agency for final training and then placement with a new owner. This program will last approximately one year and a GED or high school diploma is a requirement for program enrollment and applicants must have clear conduct for one year.
The literacy standard for inmates in the institution is a high school diploma or equivalent. Inmates without a high school diploma or equivalent are not eligible to be promoted above grade four on any work assignment, are required to take the Test of Adult Basic Education, and will be enrolled in a two hour program for a minimum of 240 hours or until the high school equivalent is met. For those who are PLRA or VCCLEA violent offenders, failure to participate in GED programming, can result in a loss of GCT.