Education programs are available to assist inmates in obtaining their GED (High School Equivalency Diploma) as well as vocational skills and college degrees (A.S., B.S., M.S.). The Bureau of Prisons requires that an inmate confined in a federal institution who does not have a verified GED or High School Diploma attend an Adult Literacy Program for a minimum of 240 instructional hours or until a GED is achieved. Non-English speaking inmates who function below the 12.0 academic grade level in their native language are also required to participate in the literacy program. Students who obtain their GED will receive a cash award of $25.00.
The reading class is designed to assist students who have reading deficiencies. The testing administrator will assign a student to the reading class based upon low scores on the TABE test.
The GED Program is also offered in Spanish. It follows the same procedures as outlined in the regular GED program, with the addition of an English Proficiency Component.
English as a Second Language (ESL): The ESL Program requires non-English speaking inmates to attend classes until they can communicate at the equivalent of eighth grade in competency skills. This level is defined as a score of 225 on the ESL CASAS Level C Reading Certification Test and a score of 215 on Level B or C of the Listening Comprehensive Test.
Inmates sentenced under with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) must make satisfactory progress towards their General Education Development (GED), or their good conduct time may be affected. Satisfactory progress is defined as being enrolled and participating in GED class and having received no incident for prohibited acts within the literacy program.
When a student completes the Literacy Program, by passing the official GED exam, he receives a $25.00 award and is eligible to participate in the next graduation ceremony.
There is a GED Student of the Month program whereby the inmate student selected will receive a certificate and a one-time award of a consumable item and have their picture posted in the Education Building. Likewise, when a student completes the ESL Program by passing the CASAS exam, he receives $25.00 and is eligible to participate in the next graduation ceremony. There is also an ESL Student of the Month program whereby the inmate student selected will receive a certificate, a one-time award of a consumable item, and have their picture posted in the Education Building.
Various correspondence college programs may be made available upon request of an inmate. Payments of enrollment and fee charges are the responsibility of the inmate. Other criteria must be met in order to qualify for college enrollment (see college coordinator for details).
Adult Continuing Education Programs/Release Preparation Courses are non-credit courses designed to offer inmates an alternative to academic programs and to build upon each inmate’s abilities in his areas of interest.
The classes are designed to assist inmates upon their release from incarceration. These programs are volunteer courses and may be taught by outside instructors and inmates. All college level and social education courses are voluntary and must be completed outside your regular seven hour work day.
Vocational training is available in the area of Commercial Driver’s License. Prospective students should submit an Inmate Request to Staff form requesting enrollment to the Vocational Training Coordinator. The class is held for ten weeks, three nights a week, two hours a night. Students who successfully complete course exams will be eligible to take the official state commercial driver’s license written and road exams.
Apprenticeship programs are offered in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor in the following Occupations: Barber, Plumber, Horticulture, Housekeeping, HVAC, Landscaping, Cook, Carpenter, Electric Technician, Animal Trainer, and Greens keeper. These occupational training programs are certified through the Department of Labor. In order to participate in an apprenticeship program, you must have completed high school or your GED, or be currently enrolled in the GED program. For further information, you may contact the Supervisor of Education.
The Career Counseling Center provides assistance to inmates needing help with career exploration, curriculum selection and developmental concerns. A Career Resource Center available to provide accurate and current information about a wide variety of careers and vocations.