The mission of the Education Department at MDC Guaynabo is to provide a wide variety of educational skills for the inmate population, sb they better themselves for their reentry back to society. The major goal of the Education Department at MDC Guaynabo is to provide each inmate the opportunity to achieve personal educational goals such as: functional literacy, high school equivalency, marketable work skills, continuing education, life skills and positive use of leisure time.
Inmates who cannot verify a high school or high school equivalency diploma are required to participate in a Literacy program. Literacy or academic programs include instruction at various levels: Pre-GED, and GED. Inmates who will not be deported and have limited English abilities are required to participate in the English as Second Language Program.
Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses, often taught by “inmates” instructors, under the direction of Education department staff. ACE courses include Small Business, College Board and Advance Math.
To recognize the inmates’ educational achievements, commencement exercises, complete with cap and gown ceremonies, are conducted yearly. Mock Job Fairs are conducted twice a year, with participation of community employers, giving inmates an opportunity to demonstrate skills they learn in Career Counseling courses such as Resume Writing and Interviewing skills.