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Adult Basic Skills Program Descriptions
Adult Basic Skill Development
ABSD
Targeted for inmates with limited functional literacy skills or those without GED or High School diploma.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Functional Literacy
  • GED
  • Special Education

English As A Second Language
ESL
This program targets inmates who are non-native English speakers with low or no English skills. The program focuses on improving English language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

Outcomes: Upon completion, inmates can satisfy basic survival needs and some limited social demands; can follow simple oral and very basic written instructions. Continuation of the functional literacy program leads to the receipt of a GED certificate.


Functional Literacy
This program targets inmates with very limited functional skills and/or limited English language development. It is designed to develop reading, writing, computing, communication, problem solving, and other skills necessary to function in a work setting.

Outcome: Upon completion of the Functional Literacy program, the student will achieve the basic skills needed to obtain employment and will be able to start work leading to a GED certificate.


General Education Development
GED
This is a continuation of the functional literacy program and leads to the receipt of a GED certificate.

Outcomes: Upon completion, these inmates will have passed five exams demonstrating satisfactory skill achievement in writing, social studies, science, literature and the arts, and math. Inmates at this level can perform tasks that involve oral and written instruction in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. These inmates can comprehend some college text books and apprenticeship manuals.


Special Education
This program is a supplemental program for students with disabilities. Students are assessed to determine specific program needs, as well as indentifying those who may need special accommodations for testing, jobs, and independent living. Students are referred for special assessment according to previous test results, self-referral, staff/teacher recommendation, and special education history.