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Offender Education Program

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Telephone: 360-704-4358
E-mail: bwalsh@sbctc.edu

State Websites: https://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/prisons/default.aspx

Participation: Washington community colleges served 8,960 incarcerated individuals in FY16.

Who is Served: Education programs are available to incarcerated individuals in 12 correctional facilities. Individuals who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent are required to participate in GED courses or High School 21+ courses.  Individuals may also participate in one of twenty two different career and technical education programs.  Priority for participation is determined by risk, need and release date.

Program Description: The mission of the program is to provide individuals in DOC custody with appropriate educational opportunities to increase knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively while incarcerated and upon release.  Colleges offer programs in basic education for adults, pre-college, and professional-technical degree and certificate programs.

Other Program Characteristics: Community colleges also offer college reentry navigation services at nine college locations in Washington: Seattle Central College, South Seattle College, Bates Technical College, Renton Technical College, Edmonds Community College, Tacoma Community College, Clark College, Spokane Community College and Skagit Valley College.  Navigators assist individuals releasing from custody or on supervision to enroll in college and to continue their education.

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.

DOC also provides pre-apprentice training at WCCW and AHCC and cosmetology opportunities.

Planning Cycle: Annual contract.

Outcome Measures: DOC has two objectives for offender education in fiscal year 2017.

  • The number of offenders who complete a GED battery at a minimum of 700.
  • 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: $16,820,125 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Federal Funding: $164,984 (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016).

Statutory Authority: State ESSB 6157.


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