Mat-Su Pretrial offers educational programming to include adult basic education, GED, and life skills in order for individuals to improve interpersonal and academic skills, to successfully function within the institution, and to enhance community integration and economic self-sufficiency.
Classes and programs are presented in lengths ranging from seminars of 1 1/2 to 3 hrs, 1 to 3 days in length, to longer meetings of 1 1/2 hours for 15 sessions over 5 - 6 weeks. Class offerings are posted weekly in inmate dorms and inmates are then given the opportunity to request participation in those classes. The library is also available to them daily for study, reading and educational videos.
Classes are taught by the education coordinator and outside and inside volunteers and contractors. GED testing is also available to inmates. The education coordinator is the Chief Examiner for Mat-Su Pretrial.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Includes basic academic instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills below the ninth-grade level.
Secondary education in the form of instruction leading to a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
Inside Out Dad is an evidence-based program for incarcerated fathers. Programs include Family Ties, Topics for non-custodial fathers, the Power of Spirituality in Fatherhood, Talking with Mom, and Mom as Gateway. Also offered is Parenting with Dignity from the Drew Bledsoe Foundation.
Cognitive self-change, instruction on basic cognitive tools to be used for self-change. Offered once per week for those who have completed the CAP program.
Continued work with cognitive self-change, expanded instruction on thinking errors, tactics to avoid change, barriers to change and practice using tools.
26 half-hour sessions focusing on three phases of career development: Self-knowledge and Exploration, Career and Educational Exploration, and Career Planning and Implementation.
This comprehensive cognitive-behavioral program, developed by David J. Simourd, Phd. focuses specifically on the attitudes, values, beliefs, and rationalizations that lead to criminal activity.
A DVD series, training and manual test, that trains students in sanitary food preparation practices.
The purpose of this course is to understand anger and recognize early warning signs of anger before it is out of control. This course provides intervention strategies that have been proven to be effective in the management of anger.
CPR with Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) and basic first aid.