The Education Department offers a wide variety of programs for the general population. All newly-incarcerated inmates must present proof of having a high school diploma or GED to the Education Department within sixty (60) days of their arrival. If proof is not presented, you will automatically be enrolled in GED classes, which meet daily during the work week. You will be enrolled in GED for a mandatory 240 hours. Attendance does not include weekends, holidays, lay-ins, idles, etc.
It should be noted, with the Violent Crime Control Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), inmates who are not making satisfactory progress toward their GED could lose earned GCT of twelve (12) days per year. For additional information regarding these laws, contact the Education Department.
In addition, anyone needing help with their English skills, both oral and written, will automatically be enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. Needs for ESL will be determined during (A&O). This program is designed for inmates whose primary language is not English. Enrollment in the ESL Program will continue until achieving English skills of the 8th-grade level or upon release from this facility.
The following is a list of incentives for various education programs. These incentives are encouraged for continued effort and excellence as well as to reward the successful completion of an educational activity. Incentive awards are given for the following activities: Student of the Week, ESL Student of the Month, ESL Graduates, achievement of 8th-grade level, GED Graduates, and GED All-Stars.
GED All-Star Award: This award is given to the top 5 GED scores. The award is given out twice a year. The top 5 scores from January 1 thru June 30 and from July 1 thru December 31 of each year are provided the following:
• The top 5 scorers receive a 12-pack of soda.
• Achievement of 8th Grade Level: Will receive $5.00.
• GED Graduates: All GED graduates receive $25.00 and their GED certificate.
• GED Student of the Month Award: Will receive a six-pack of soda.
• ESL Graduates: All ESL graduates will receive $25.00 and an ESL certificate.
• ESL Student of the Month Award: Will receive a six-pack of soda.