The Education Bureau is committed to Courageously and Responsibly providing quality educational\vocational programs and library services to incarcerated individuals. We are committed to the Ethical pursuit of educational excellence as we assist incarcerated individuals to become responsible members of the family, workforce, and community upon release. This will be accomplished through teamwork, Dedication, and collaboration with other departments, agencies, and the community at large.

  • We are a Courageous diverse, skilled, forward-looking work force that recognizes safety and security as essential business practices.
  • The New Mexico Corrections Department Education Bureau takes a Responsible and proactive stance in the development, implementation, and support of programs showing the most promise of successful transition back to the community, family, and workplace.
  • We require Ethical and sound fiscal management of public resources by using data driven decisions and evidence-based practices.
  • We are Dedicated to creating partnerships with other state agencies that can provide released inmates with those resources necessary to leading a productive, crime-free life.
Robert Madrid

Robert Madrid

Education Administrator


Central Office, B Building

PO BOX 27116
4337 NM 14
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Related Links

American Correctional Association

Educational Publications

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

U.S. Dept. of Education

Correctional Education Association

New Mexico Coalition for Literacy

New Mexico Public Education Department

U.S. Department of Justice

Supervisors of Education

Central New Mexico Correctional Facility

Bob Williams, CNMCF

Supervisor of Education

PO Drawer 1328
Los Lunas, NM 87031.1328

505.383.3381 FAX 


Guadalupe County Correctional Facility

Dr. James Alarid, GCCF

Education Director

PO Box 520
Santa Rosa, NM 88435

575.472.1001 Ext: 132
575.472.1068 FAX


Lea County Correctional Facility

Monique Valderaz , LCCF

Education Director

6900 West Millen
Hobbs, NM 88244

575.392.4055 Ext: 187
575.392.0006 FAX 


Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center

Lorraine Cohn, NNMCC

CCA Education Director

PO Box 800
Grants, NM 87020

505.287.2941 Ext: 23450
           505.285.6828 FAX                           


Northeastern NM Correctional Facility

Shelia Chaloupek, NENMCF

Education Director

P.O. Box 626
Clayton, NM 88415

575.374.4005 Ext: 1323
575.374.4010 FAX 


Penitentiary of New Mexico

Daniel Arevalo, PNM

Supervisor of Education

  PO Box 1059
Santa Fe, NM 87502

505.827.8221 North – 505.827.8967 South
                      505.827.8221 FAX                  


Roswell Correctional Center

Ginger Wood, RCC

Supervisor of Education

578 Chickasaw Rd.
Hagerman, NM 88232

575.625.3172 FAX


Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility

Leanna Frie, SNMCF

Supervisor of Education

PO Box 639
Las Cruces, NM 88004

575.523.3398 FAX


Springer Correctional Facility

Ashley Bass, SCC

Supervisor of Education

P.O. Box 10, Area 1
Springer, NM 87747

575.483.3139 FAX


Western New Mexico Correctional Facility

Sarah Johnson , WNMCF

Acting Supervisor of Education

PO Box 250
Grants, NM 87020

505.287.7015 FAX


Otero County Prision Facility

Hector Montes, OCPF

Intermin Educator Director

10 McGregor Range Rd
Chaparral, NM 88021

575-824-3158 FAX


Education Programs

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 is available at all state correctional facilities.

Instructional delivery methods are as follows:

  • Classroom
  • One-to-one
  • Small group
  • Community volunteer tutoring
  • Peer tutoring
  • Computer-aided instruction
  • Cell-to-cell instruction and
  • E-TV (educational television)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs and courses assisting offenders in recognizing destructive behavior patterns and developing positive, pro-social thinking habits in all areas of their lives are available at varying state correctional facilities.

Courses are as follows:

  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)®
  • Moral Reconation Therapy Domestic Violence (MRT-DV)®
  • Charting A New Course, and
  • Breaking Barriers
Post-Secondary Education (College)

Courses are offered through accredited colleges leading to Associate Degrees and Vocational Certificates. College courses vary by facility and are provided in partnership with Eastern New Mexico University Roswell (ENMU-R), Luna Community College (LCC) and Mesalands Community College (MCC) available at varying state correctional facilities. Students may also pursue college education under their own funding through an accredited post-secondary institution.

Students complete courses through the following processes:

  • Mailed correspondence
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Closed-server, and
  • Distance learning
Family Reunification

Programs and 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 are available at varying state correctional facilities.

Courses offered include the following:

  • Inside Out Dad
  • Fathers As Readers, and
  • P.S. I Love You

The Making the Right Turn to Reentry, pre-release guide is provided to prepare inmates, who are within six (6) months of release, with processes to assist their reintegration back to their communities.

This 14-20 hour instructor-led program provides an overview of the following topics

  • Identification
  • Life Skills
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Living Under Supervision
  • Family
  • Health
  • Money Management, and
  • Employment

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 with programs and courses varying by facility.

Courses offered include as follows:

  • Advanced Computer Technologies
  • Automotive
  • Barbering
  • Braille
  • Building Trades-Cabinetry
  • Carpentry
  • C-tech(Network Cabling
  • NCCER CORE Safety
  • Electrical (Residential Electrical Wiring)
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Microsoft Office Proficiency (MOS)
  • PC Maintenance
  • PC Specialist
  • Weaving
  • Welding, and
  • WET (Wind Energy Technology).