EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND GOALS
The Education Department is especially committed to making its educational programs valuable to all inmates and will continue with innovation that increases the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of its programs. You will have the opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills through academic, occupational and leisure time activities. Educational and occupational goals are met and established through precise definitions that provide you with the opportunity to:
Develop basic educational skills, including those with special learning needs.
Complete an Adult Literacy Program leading to a General Education Development (GED) certificate and/or high school diploma.
Complete one or more levels of the English-as-a-Second Language course.
Acquire or improve marketable skills through one or more occupational/vocational training programs.
Complete one or more post-secondary education courses.
Complete one or more organized social educational activities.
Complete one or more prescribed leisure time activities.
These goals are designed to meet specific needs for functional literacy, high school equivalency, marketable work skills, continuing education, personal growth experiences, and positive use of leisure time.
Skills Development Resource Center (SDRC)
The Skills Development Resource Center (SDRC) is designed to assist inmates in preparing for their transition back into the community by providing forms and information pertaining to a wide variety of resources, and job listings for the area being released to. Information, forms, and help is available in the following areas: Employment Bonding Programs, Money Management, Financial Aid; social & educational, Birth Certificates for all 50 states, Section 8 Housing, California Department of Motor Vehicles, and Veteran’s Affairs, etc.
Inmates may also find instructional books and limited word processing in the SDRC on how to write a resume & cover letter. Sample job applications are also available for practice, as well as advice on how to answer interview questions like, have you been convicted of a felony within the past five years?
The goal of the SDRC is to help prepare inmates for successful re-entry into their community and workforce.
General Library/Legal Resources Center (LRC)
The Federal Bureau of Prison recognizes the rights of inmates to have access to the courts. The Legal Resource Center provides the population with an opportunity to use available legal research and reference materials while preparing legal documents. Typewriters are available for legal needs only. A copy machine is also available at the inmate’s expense.
Inmates housed in a Special Housing Unit may request legal materials not available in the Segregation library by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff Member. While in segregation, inmates may receive from the main law library: USPS Priority envelopes, manila envelopes, certified mail receipts, return receipts, pleading paper, typing paper, carbon paper, white envelopes, and copies of legal cases not available in the segregation legal library.
The Leisure Library consists of a large collection of paperback books from each common genera, and a broad range of Spanish books. Also available in the book collection are hardcover reference books. Furthermore, a CD/DVD collection consists of various subjects of an educational value. The Leisure Library’s interlibrary loan “Best Seller Program” is coordinated with McNaughton Book Service Company. The Best Seller collection consists of a “core” library containing 300 of the most recent bestselling books, rotated periodically. The Black & Gold program is another interlibrary loan program; it is conducted through the Lompoc Public Library, and in cooperation of Education Staff. Through this program, inmates can request non-fiction books from the Lompoc Public Library.
The Leisure Library and the Legal Resource Center hours are slightly different for each institution. The following is only a general guideline:
Monday through Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday – 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MANDATORY LITERACY PROGRAMS
By policy, all federal prisoners who do not have either a verified high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate must enroll in a literacy program for 240 institutional hours or until a GED is achieved, whichever occurs first. Inmates may ask to be released from this program after 240 institutional hours; however, all promotions in the Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) and institutional job assignments beyond entry-level grade are dependent upon successful completion of the Literacy Program. Failure to enroll for the minimum 240-hour literacy program may result in disciplinary action and/or loss of Good Time Credits.
The Violent Crime Control Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) mandates that an inmate with a date of offense on or after September 13, 1994 but before April 26, 1996, lacking a high school diploma, participate in and make satisfactory progress toward obtaining a GED certificate in order to earn vested Good Conduct Time (GCT).
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) provides that when determining GCT awards, the Bureau of Prisons will consider satisfactory progress toward obtaining a GED certificate.
General Educational Development Program (GED)
Inmates who do not have a high school diploma or GED certificate and are deemed prepared by their scores on the GED pretest may take the GED examination. The examination consists of five tests: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Reading, and Mathematics. A pass on the examination by GED Testing Services standards entitles the examinee to a GED certificate and credit for completion of the Bureau’s GED program. Those who are not prepared to take the GED exam will be enrolled in a GED preparation class where attendance is required.
English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
All incoming U.S. citizen inmates, with certain exceptions, who have been determined to have limited proficiency in the English language, will be required to take the CASAS test measuring English comprehension. Inmates who are required to take the CASAS test and who score less than an eighth grade level (e.g. a score less than 225) will be required to attend ESL classes until they achieve a score of 225 upon retesting.
Educational Incentives Program
Incentives are offered for achieving a GED certificate or successful completion of the ESL program. Additionally, both programs offer a “Student of the Month” incentive to students who show exemplary effort in their respective program. The specific incentives awarded are determined by education staff commensurate with the level of the student’s progress and/or accomplishment.
The Parenting Program is structured to be responsive to the needs of incarcerated individuals. The objective is to help inmates be able to have healthy communication and effective listening skills with children and family. In the various stages of the program, students will observe different films and have student centered discussions via direct questions.
Vocational/Occupational Training Programs
Vocational Training is an integral part of FCC Lompoc’s education program. Vocational Training is the basic study of a trade or occupation with emphasis placed on hands on training combined with live work. Education staff members or contract instructors conduct the training class sessions. The following programs are available at different institutions within the Complex:
Computer Graphic Design
High Reliability Soldering
Visit the Education Department at the institution you are assigned in order to determine which specific vocational programs are offered at that institution and enrollment procedures.
Post Secondary/Correspondence Course Program
The Post Secondary Education Program consists of information and proctoring of correspondence college courses offered by various colleges through distance learning programs. Additionally, Allan Hancock Community College, a local public two year college, regularly offers courses on site. After successfully completing a college course, inmates receive college credits that may be applied towards a degree or transferred to another post secondary school. Inmates interested in college courses should contact the Post Secondary Education Coordinator at their facility for further information.
Other types of correspondence schools are encouraged, however the school and work courses must be approved in advance by the Supervisor of Education. Inmates interested in taking correspondence courses are to contact the education staff at their respective institutions for further direction.
Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE)
The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program is designed to meet the needs and special interests of inmates interested in expanding educational horizons. Courses offered in the ACE program are provided as the need arises. Varieties of courses are offered, based on the interests of the inmate population. If you are knowledgeable in an area that might be of interest to other inmates, stop by the Education Department for more information.