Adult Basic Education (ABE) includes basic academic instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills below the ninth-grade level.
The TABE test is provided to inmates in the Youthful Offender Program and to inmates working toward a GED. Official GED Practice Tests and Official GED Exams are available to inmates working on their GED.
PreRelease is a 30 hour class designed to help inmates transition back into community living. Topics covered include family reunification, housing information, resume writing and job search skills, community based social services and other support.
Inmates enrolled in Pre-release are encouraged to complete CareerScope, an aptitude and interests screening tool. Results are discussed and evaluated for future training and/or employment options.
To help meet industry demand, and enhance employment opportunities upon release, short term vocational courses are offered to inmates who complete PreRelease class. Offerings may include CPR / Standard First Aid, Maritime Safety, 10 Hour OSHA General Training, ServSafe and DEC Safe Food Handler.
Inmates with a GED or High School Diploma are encouraged to participate in correspondence college courses. Courses must be print-based and prior approval is required. Tutoring and proctoring of exams is available. Courses may be funded by inmates, family members, grants and/or scholarships if available.
Dantes exams are available to inmates who wish to test out of college courses. Exams and college credits may be funded by inmates, family members, grants and/or scholarships if available.
A variety of articulated computer courses are offered under the UAA Tech Prep Agreement. Classes may be taken for lower division college credit with credits offered at significantly reduced tuition.
Inmates with a GED or High School Diploma, who are 35 years or younger, within 7 years of release or parole and have not been convicted of certain crimes can apply for the "Workforce Community Transition" grant. If accepted, inmates may receive up to $3000 per year for post-secondary college and/or vocational programming.
Inmates active in U.S. Dept. of Labor Apprenticeship programs at SCCC may enroll in the 2-year program UAA Apprenticeship Technologies program. This degree program combines academic coursework with credits awarded for apprenticeship hours.
Two apprenticeship programs are currently offered: COOK ANY INDUSTRY and BUILDING MAINTENANCE REPAIRER. Both are 2-year programs which include 4,000 hours of on the job training and 288 hours of related technical instruction. Successful participants receive a Certificate of Completion issued through U.S. Department of Labor.
This 8-phase self-study program aligns with CDL license requirements, and includes reading materials, media, and testing for each phase. Inmates earn a Certificate of Completion at end of program.
Inside Out Dad includes 12 one-hour core sessions and 26 one-hour optional sessions designed to help connect inmates to their families and prepare them for release. Topics covered include age appropriate communication strategies, methods of discipline, and tools for long distance parenting.