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Offender Education Program

Contact: Mike Paris
Department of Corrections
7345 Linderson Way, S.W.
P.O. Box 41129
Tumwater, WA 98501-6504
Telephone: 360.725.8689
E-mail: mjparis@doc1.wa.gov

Contact: Bryan Walsh
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
P. O. Box 42495
Olympia, WA 98504-2495
Telephone: 360-704-4358
E-mail: bwalsh@sbctc.edu

State Websites: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/e_correctionaled.aspx


Participation: 4,199 participants of Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language were served by the Offender Education Program between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The system’s total participation, regardless of participation in multiple programs or sites, was 13,814.

Who is Served: Education programs are available to all offenders in 12 correctional facilities. The Department of Corrections (DOC) also educates offenders under the age of 22 who do not have a high school diploma or GED certificate, and offenders who have literacy scores lower than ninth grade. Career and technical education programs are available to offenders with limited employment and work histories. DOC prioritizes education services for those offenders with the highest risk and need.

Program Description: The mission of the program is to provide offenders, under the supervision of DOC, with appropriate educational opportunities to increase knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively while incarcerated and upon release. Programs address a broad range of offender needs, including Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, vocational skills training, and offender change programs.

Other Program Characteristics: DOC offers a variety of educational programs by coordinating the delivery of services. Primary education providers are local community colleges. DOC has standardized vocational skills training programs in baking, welding, building maintenance, interactive media, construction trades, and many other areas. Standardized offender change programs include Stress and Anger Management. There is also a Job Seeking Skills program and Computer Basics program.

In addition, there are Academic Degree programs at three facilities leading to Associate of Arts degrees.  These programs are paid for through grants from private donors.

Program History: The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges subcontracts with community colleges to provide basic skills, vocational skills training, and Stress and Anger Management programs. DOC also provides pre-apprentice, carpentry, and cosmetology opportunities.

Planning Cycle: Annual contract selection.

Outcome Measures: DOC has two objectives for offender education in fiscal year 2016.

  • The number of offenders who complete a GED battery at a minimum of 200.
  • The number of offenders who complete vocational training programs at a minimum of 1,200 completions.

Funding: Statewide oversight of education is provided by the educational services administrator. The administrator works collaboratively with all contractors to develop a model of service delivery based on offender needs, including a menu of appropriate programs for the system.

State Funding: $15,568,125 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Federal Funding: None.

Statutory Authority: State ESSB 6157.

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