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HMCC Education Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Includes basic academic instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills below the ninth-grade level.

Eagle River Job Center teaches a 7 week class on how to get a job, interview skills, resume writing etc. This class continually repeats.

Community volunteers come into to teach a 2 hour class on Diabetes and U. This class discuss the risks of diabetes, nutrition and exercise.

Inmates receive training in nationally recognized NCCER construction and building trades curriculum. NCCER establishes the linkage between trade schools and industry-providing students with future employment opportunities and contractors with a pool of entry-level employees. Upon completion of the core curriculum training, inmates are administered a national certification test. All the trade unions recognize the NCCER certification as the standard for entry level into apprenticeship programs.

Information is provided for those seeking college courses by correspondence. The state does not pay for college classes for prisoners nor do prisoners have Internet access, but they are able to take correspondence courses at their own expense. Youthful offenders age 25 and under are eligible for federal grant funds for tuition and books.

Through a Tech Prep agreement with the University of Alaska Anchorage, HMCC provides computer courses that are aligned with UAA's CIOS program. Software courses offered in Windows XP, Keyboarding, Word 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, PowerPoint 2007

Secondary education in the form of instruction leading to a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

To support and assist incarcerated students to be successful in college courses while at Hiland. The program also assists students with pre-release planning, preparation and academic advising. The Club provides weekly special topics on college programs, apprenticeship opportunities via workshops and guest lecturers.

ARTS ON THE EDGE, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 under the direction of Pati Crofut and Janice Weiss. The women at HMCC currently have participants in all three levels of orchestra: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestras. Fundraiser concerts are held at HMCC during the spring and winter/holidays. Concerts tickets are sold to support the general operating expenses of the String Orchestra for Incarcerated Women at HMCC.

Based on the Active Parenting curriculum, evidence based programs and practices, classes are offered to mothers to improve their parenting skills.

This is a contract position with an Americorp Volunteer who assists the women with resume writing, housing applications, etc., prior to release.

With the assistance of an AmeriCorps volunteer, HMCC provides one-on-one counseling and pre-release planning and support to releasing offenders.

The goal of the Animal Behavior and/or Obedience Training is designed to provide instruction that includes the necessary skills to work in the S.P.O.T. inside the institution and to be able to transfer the necessary skills to employment opportunities when released from the institution.

UAA Nursing Students teach a Women's Health 2 - hour class as a Graduate Project. The classes include anything that has to do with women's health. Prenatal, STI, HIV, Hep. C, Menapause, Breast Self Exam etc.

Utilizing the US Department of Labor's Women's Bureau curriculum, inmate students participate in a weekly money management course. Topics include budgeting, banking, insurance, income tax preparation, credit, homebuying and more. Students are taught effective and responsible techniques to become responsible money managers.