FCC Yazoo City Education strives to address the needs of all inmates assigned to the facility. We believe that academic instruction, occupational training, and the overall constructive use of your time are worthwhile activities that can help you make a full and productive life for yourself, if you choose to do so.
The goal is to work with inmates toward self-improvement in areas that will assist them in maintaining a law-abiding lifestyle. Our focus does not stop at program planning and teaching, but encompasses assisting inmates in preparing for release and a successful return to the community. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the educational opportunities available here at FCC Yazoo City.
In fulfilling its function as the center for learning, the Education Department offers programs and services in the following areas:
Mandatory Literacy Program (GED Standard)
Program Statement 535028, Literacy Program, requires that all federal prisoners who do not have either a verified high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate must enroll in a Literacy program for 240 hours or until a GED is achieved, whichever occurs first. Inmates may request to be released from the program after 240 hours.
The GED program prepares students in the five areas tested: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Arts and Literature, and Mathematics. English and Spanish GED classes are offered. Pre-tests using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TARE), Spanish Assessment of Basic Examination (SABE), and GED Pre-tests are given to ensure a student’s success on the GED examination. Requirements for completion of the GED program are an average of 450 in all five areas of the GED test with no individual score less than 410. The Education Department offers a Special Learning Needs Program for inmates who demonstrate learning difficulties.
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (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, must participate in and make satisfactory progress toward attaining a GED credential to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT).
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (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 credential, participates and makes satisfactory progress toward attaining a GED credential in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT.
Inmates sentenced under VCCLEA/PLRA may earn 54 days of GCT per year for satisfactory participation and / or completion of the GED. Inmates who have an unsatisfactory GED progress will only earn 42 days of GCT per year. An inmate alien subject to a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion will earn GCT at the annual rate of 54 days (prorated for a partial year at the end of the sentence).
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Program Statement 5350.24, English as a Second Language Program, requires that limited English proficient inmates attend ESL classes. The ESL program is designed to teach non-English speaking students the English language. Students must attain an eighth-grade level in reading and listening comprehension. This program is mandatory for all non-English speaking U.S. citizens and may be taken by citizens of other countries. Program completion requires the student to earn a score of 225 on the CASAS Reading Certification test and a score of 215 on the CASAS Listening Certification test.
An incentive award of $25.00 will be given upon completion of the GED, ESL, or apprenticeship programs.
Adult Continuing Education (ACE): ACE classes are special interest courses taught by inmates. Examples include Spanish, Real Estate, and assorted Business courses. A current listing of ACE courses and sign up sheets are maintained on Education and Housing Unit bulletin boards.
The Education Department instructs two categories of Release Preparation classes: Job Skills and Personal Finance. Job Skills classes are designed to provide the inmate population the knowledge and skills necessary for completion of employment forms and practical application in resume writing and job interviewing techniques. Personal Finance classes prepare the inmate upon release to budget and manage finances. Interested inmates must sign up when the classes are announced on the Housing Unit and Education Bulletin Boards.
Correspondence courses are also available for those interested in pursuing post-secondary studies. All requests to participate in Correspondence programs must be routed through the Supervisor of Education. Scheduled examinations required by the school may be proctored by Education Services staff upon request.
Parenting instruction encourages and strengthens the ongoing relationship between family members and involves presentations from community organizations. Topics covered in this program include child development, parenting at a distance, self-discipline, self-control, consistency and setting goals. Interested inmates must sign up when classes are announced on the Housing Unit and Education Bulletin Boards.
Vocational Training Programs
The Vocational Training programs require a high school diploma or GED. Participants are also expected to be fluent in English or to have completed the English as a Second Language program. Graduates will receive certificates of completion from Holmes Community College, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Microsoft Office Applications VT teaches the basics in Word Processing (Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), and Slide Presentations (Power Point).
Cabinetry VT is designed to provide an industry-focused foundation in the field of cabinet- making and related studies. Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain viable employment in this field.
Restaurant Management VT is designed to provide training to inmates to equip them with the necessary skills to establish a career in the operation of a restaurant. It also provides the inmate with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully own a restaurant. Graduates can earn certification from the Mississippi Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association.
Drafting/AutoCAD VT provides a well-rounded foundation in a full spectrum of graphics communication applications. Upon completion of this course, individuals will have the basic skills to enter the drafting vocation.
Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) VT is designed to provide the training to inmates for a career in HVAC and Refrigeration. The course provides the inmate with a thorough background on all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning. The EPA Refrigerant Handling exam is given to all inmates who complete the course.
Registered Apprenticeships are formalized training programs that offer a combination of structured on-the-job training and related trades instruction. Apprenticeships are industry-driven and can last from one to four years. Current apprenticeships include Drafting, Cabinetry, HVAC, and Custodial Maintenance.
Hours of Operation:
GED/ESL Classes: Monday – Friday: 7:40 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ACE/Release Preparation/Parenting Classes: Monday – Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Vocational Training: Monday – Friday: 7:40 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.