USP Coleman II Educational Programs

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The Education Department at USP-1 Coleman is under the direct supervision of the Assistant Supervisor of Education. The department offers a wide variety of academic, social, and vocational training programs.

These programs allow students to pursue training career options and lifestyle enhancement that will benefit them in various areas of their lives while incarcerated and upon release.
The following programs are available:

Literacy Program

The Literacy Program (GED standard) is provided for inmates who do not have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development diploma (GED). This is a mandatory class and is designed to meet the specific needs of all inmates by using individualized instruction. Various audio visual materials are utilized including video monitors and audio cassettes. GED classes are offered in both English and Spanish.

Inmates sentenced under VCCLEA or PLRA who do not have a high school or GED diploma:

must be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in the GED program in order to vest their good conduct time (VCCLEA) or to earn the maximum allowable good conduct time (PLRA.)
who are exempt from attending GED class based on a deportation detainer must enroll in GED or ESL in order to vest/earn their good conduct time.

who have completed the mandatory period of enrollment must remain enrolled or re-enroll to vest/earn their good conduct time.

who are found guilty of incident reports related to the literacy program enrollment will be changed to GED UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS and will not vest/earn their good conduct time.

who receive an assignment of a GED UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS will be required to complete 240 hours of program enrollment before they can be changed back to a GED SATISFACTORY PROGRESS assignment. Inmates with an UNSATISFACTORY progress assignment will not vest/earn their good conduct time while the UNSATISFACTORY assignment exists.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Non-native speakers of English will receive an interview upon entry into the institution for needs assessment. They will then be assigned to a Second Language class to learn English as a second language. These classes are also individualized and focus on reaching proficiency in speaking and reading the English language. Completion time for these programs is contingent upon the student and his active participation.

Achievement Incentives

Students who complete the GED exam are awarded $25, which is added to their commissary accounts, and an opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony. Edible items may be provided as incentives for achievement at functional levels of the literacy programs, including completion of Basic GED with a movement to the pre-GED and completion of pre-GED with movement to the GED class. Students who successfully complete the ESL program will be awarded $25, which is added to their commissary account. Students receiving a Student-of-the-Month award will receive a $5 cash award.

Vocational Training

A variety of vocational training programs are offered for inmates to enhance their possibilities of employment upon release to the community. Inmates with a GED or high school diploma may attend the computer based word processing class, custodial maintenance, and/or a comprehensive culinary arts program. The pre-industrial classes in manufacturing are offered to help inmates earn certification in apprenticeship programs.

Adult Continuing Education

The purpose of the Adult Continuing Education Program is to offer classes which will enhance an inmate’s job skills, general knowledge, and life skills. These classes are generally held during the afternoon and evening hours and include Business, Spanish, Commercial Driver’s License, Creative Writing, and Public Speaking. Other classes will be offered upon availability and interest.

Parenting Program

The Parenting Program was established to provide parents with information and counseling through directed classes on how to enhance their relationship with their children even while incarcerated.

Pre-Release Programming, Employment, and Personal Finance Skills: The Employment and Personal Finance Skills portion of the Pre-Release Program is designed to assist inmates in preparing to obtain employment upon release. Inmates will be given aid in developing plans for their job search. These programs offer classes and informational seminars concerning resume writing, job search skills, and personal finance.

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