Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma
Basic academic skills instruction and preparation for GED testing including career/technical, college readiness, Special Education, and adult literacy. Instructional delivery methods include classroom, one-to-one, small group, community volunteer tutoring, peer tutoring, computer-aided instruction, cell-to-cell instruction, and educational television. This programming is available at all state correctional facilities.
Courses assisting offenders in recognizing destructive behavior patterns and developing positive, pro-social thinking habits in all areas of their lives. Courses include Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)®, Moral Reconation Therapy Domestic Violence (MRT-DV)®, Charting A New Course, and Breaking Barriers. Programs and courses vary by facility.
Courses are offered through accredited colleges leading to Associate Degrees and Vocational Certificates. Students complete courses through mailed correspondence and closed-server, distance learning. College courses are provided in partnership with Eastern New Mexico University Roswell (ENMU-R) and Mesalands Community College (MCC). Students may also pursue college education under their own funding through an accredited post-secondary institution. Courses vary by facility.
Courses that focus on family reunification including family literacy and skills. Residents learn parenting skills by reading to their children on audio or video tape, and meet family obligations during incarceration. Courses offered include Inside Out Dad, Fathers As Readers, and P.S. I Love You. Programs and courses vary by facility.
The Making the Right Turn to Reentry, pre-release guide is to prepare inmates for release back to the communities through a 14-20 hour instructor led program that provides an overview of the following topics, Identification, Life Skills, Housing, Education, Transportation, Living Under Supervision, Family, Health, Money Management and Employment. This program is provided for all inmates who are within six (6) months of release and must be completed prior to release.
The Education Bureau offers a variety of programs designed to increase student's ability upon release to find a viable career that offers a living wage. Programs and courses vary by facility. Courses offered include: Advanced Computer Technologies, Automotive, Barbering, Braille, Building Trades, Building Trades-Cabinetry, Carpentry, C-tech(Network Cabling), CORE, CORE Safety, Electrical (Residential Electrical Wiring), HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office Proficiency, PC Maintenance, PC Specialist, Weaving, Welding, and WET(Wind Energy Technology).