FMC Butner Educational Programs

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Education programs provided for Federal prisoners include General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), post secondary education opportunities, College/Post-secondary Education (PSE) and Adult Continuing Education (ACE), Parenting, Prerelease and Employment Preparation classes. You are expected to take an active rather than a passive role in satisfying your educational needs.


The General Education Development Program (GED) policy requires attendance for a minimum of240 instructional hours for all U.S. citizen inmates. Inmates subject to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (VCCLEA) or the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA) shall be deemed to be making satisfactory progress toward earning aGED credential. If not, they may be subject to disciplinary action and loss ofGood Conduct Time. Those who need a GED will be given the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) diagnostic assessment and then placed on the waiting list until an opening is available in an appropriate GED class. (Classes vary from special learning needs/adult basic literacy to advanced high school/GED classes.) Annual graduation ceremonies are held, where inmates may be granted the opportunity to invite family and friends to celebrate in their educational achievements (GED and PSE/college degrees/diplomas).


English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to teach non-English speaking inmates communication skills that will enable them to function in an English environment. The ESL program is mandatory for all non-English speaking inmates. Those mandated or in need will be identified during A&O. They will be tested and, if necessary, placed in an appropriate class. To complete the ESL program, one must successfully pass the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Survey (CASAS).

Additionally, inmates who successfully pass the official GED examination and CASAS ESL certification examinations will be awarded $25.00.


The Parenting program provides parenting classes which teach fundamental parenting skills and assist incarcerated inmates in maintaining relationships with their children. Activities encourage the building and strengthening offamily relationships, communications, discipline, childhood development, and family support skills.


PSE and ACE classes provide inmates the opportunity to participate in programs which encourage intellectual and social growth. Accredited curriculum and certificate classes are offered though Vance-Granville Community College and Durham Technical Community College. Courses vary from semester to semester; classes such as Accounting, Business Law, CDL, Intro to Spanish, Financial Management, Western Civilization, and common computer classes such as Keyboarding, MS Office (Word I, Word II, Keyboarding, Powerpoint, and Excel). ACE classes are also taught by inmates in various subject matters—approved inmates with knowledge and experience in a specific subject are afforded the opportunity to instruct non-credit classes to other inmates. Instructional strategies utilized for the ACE courses consist oflectures, videos presentations and group discussions. Independent computer-based learning classes such as Meineke Car Care University, are also offered throughout the year.

Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) provides an Office System Technology (OST) certification program devised of courses in the fundamentals of business/office management and computer skills. In particular, this program provides instruction in Accounting, Desktop Publishing, Financial Management, Spreadsheet, Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing. Inmates who complete this one-year program receive certification from VGCC.

Advanced technologies have equipped FMC Butner with the ability to provide classes via innovate teaching techniques. For example, FMC Butner Education Services Department utilizes Blackboard and VNet technologies, which grant inmates the opportunity to participate in distance education programs without the need to be on campus. Through these systems, contract instructors can teach classes off-site and still maintain interaction and engagement with students.


Inmates are also afforded the opportunity to participate in PSE/Mail Correspondence courses from an off site institution ofleaming or university. Inmates that are interested in post secondary education opportunities that are not currently being offered by FCC Butner’s Education . Department must prescribe to the following procedures as well as adhere to policy as written in Program Statement 5354.03 Post Secondary Education Programs for Inmates. Additionally, all materials other than textbooks (i.e., CDs, DVDs) that correspond to the curriculum must remain in the education department and will be available upon scheduled times. The receipt of the approved post secondary education program must be delivered to the education department. The written request must contain the follow criteria:

name ofcourse with curriculum and/or course outline list ofrequired course materials and equipment (calculator, CD player) length of course study (i.e., months, years, etc.) name, address and telephone number of school

Participation in any post secondary/correspondence education programs must be approved by the Education Supervisor prior to an inmate beginning the requested course of study. All costs of the classes are incurred by the inmate and the Education Department is not responsible for any fees or payments.

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