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Indiana Department of Corrections

Indiana Department of Correction

IDOC > Education Education Division

Overview:

The IDOC provides formal education programs at sixteen (16) adult correctional facilities state-wide.   Two Indiana-based colleges contract with the State to provide literacy, high school equivalency programs, and vocational programs as well as post-secondary level vocational programs at fifteen (15) facilities with GEO Group providing similar services at the New Castle Correctional Facility. 

Target Population (SY 2014-2015)

There are 25,726 adults housed at facilities where educational services are offered:

  • 2,432 (9%) have at least one college degree;
  • 16,026 (62%) have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 7,268 (29%) are marginally illiterate;

Enrollment and Completions:

Academic

Vocational

Enrollment

One-Day-Count

1,223

488

Annual Enrollment

5,336

2,499

Completions

Literacy

1,850

-

High School Equivalency

1,147

-

Vocational

-

1,969

School Year 14/15 Completers

2,997

1,969

High School Equivalency Instruction:

The Department’s research provides a clear message that obtaining a HSE credential while incarcerated can be an effective means of avoiding re-incarceration. While post-secondary education and training programs are denied to un-credentialed drop outs, they are accessible to HSE credentialed individuals. To the extent that post-secondary education and training provide increased opportunities of employment and subsequent wage gains, the HSE functions as a gateway to employment and possible reductions in recidivism. While it is an expensive endeavor to categorize employers’ reactions to HSE holders, it appears that Indiana employers accept an HSE credential as a signal of an applicant’s motivation, commitment to work, and other productive attributes.

College Degree Access: 

Incarcerated adults may participate in an associate or bachelor’s degree self-pay correspondence program, through Grace College or Oakland City University.

Vocational Programs: 

BTC

CIF

IREF

ISF

ISP

ISR

IWP

IYC

MCF

MCU

NCCF

RTC

WCC

WVCF

VOCATIONAL

Coal Mining

x

Auto Body

x

Auto Tech

x

x

Building Manage/Trade

x

x

x

x

x

x

Business Tech

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Culinary Arts

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Cosmetology/Barbering

x

x

x

Horticulture

x

x

x

x

x

MSME

 x

                          

The Department with the guidance of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Department of Correction provides vocational programs ranging from Horticulture to Coal Mining throughout the adult correctional system. Instructors are certified as occupational specialists by the Indiana Department of Education.

MORE EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION

Title I

The Indiana Department of Correction announces that the local educational agency application for fiscal year 2014, under Part B, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is completed and will be sent to the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Learners.  Before this application is sent to the Indiana Department of Education, it must be made public as a separate document and interested persons given an opportunity to comment thereon. Accordingly, Indiana Department of Correction is hereby inviting interested persons to comment on the context and nature of the application. The components in the application upon which comments are solicited include:


(1)child identification;
(2)least restrictive environment;
(3)confidentiality;
(4)parent involvement;
(5)personnel development;
(6)individualized education programs;
(7)procedural safeguards;
(8)protection in evaluation procedures;
(9)establishment of a full educational opportunities goal; and
(10)use of Part B funds.

The application may be examined at the administration offices of the Indiana Department of Correction during regular business hours.  If a copy of the application is desired, please contact John Nally, Director of Education, at 317-233-3111.

Comments on the application may be submitted to:
                                    
                John Nally
                Director of Education
                Indiana Department of Correction
                302 W. Washington, E334
                Indianapolis, IN 46204

GED/TASC/HSE Certificates and Transcripts

Official copies of your GED/TASC/HSE transcript (score report) or GED/TASC/HSE Diploma must be obtained from DiplomaSender TM, the state’s GED/TASC/HSE document fulfillment service. Please do not contact the Department of Education (DOE), or Department of Workforce Development (DWD), or the Department of Correction (IDOC) for a copy of your transcript.

GED/TASC/HSE records are only available at http://www.diplomasender.com/