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Palmer Correctional Center Education Programs

Education Services

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

Basic computer instruction, using different aspects of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Secondary education in the form of instruction leading to a GED.

This service allows inmates access to college-level academic classes, which may include correspondence classes, at their own expense.

Vocational Services

Required by the State of Alaska for all food service workers, this credential enhances participants' employment opportunities in the hospitality industry upon release.

Computer assisted drafting program includes AutoCAD 2006 and Chief Architect.

Computer certification training programing includes: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS), Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) program and the CompTIA A+ certification exams.

Prepare inmates to take the written portion of the general driver’s license or motorcycle license test.

The purpose of this course is to provide a forklift training class. This class will be a requirement for warehouse inmate handlers as well as the building trades construction class students.

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation – skilled or professional – and at any level of education. The Work Keys practice curriculum is called KeyTrain/Career Ready 101.

NCCER introduction course that provides offenders with the basic knowledge necessary for employment in the construction trades industry – tools for success, building trades, rigging and scaffolding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding.

A 66 hour, two and four cycle engine repair class offering classroom and hands on training.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development approved programs designed to assist offenders in receiving the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in a specific field.

Provides offenders with welding safety instruction as outlined in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Practicals are provided using the Lincoln VR-360 virtual welder simulator. Palmer Correctional Center Minimum facility students can certify with the American Welding Society D1.1 structural weld certificate on real world welding equipment. Offenders are marketable welders after certification.

Pro-Social Education Services

Utilizing the Alaska Reentry manual, inmates prepare for reintegration and transition back into the community.

The purpose of this course is to understand anger and recognize early warning signs of anger before it is out of control. This course provides intervention strategies that have been proved to be effective in the management of anger.

A cognitive behavioral course (6 to 16 weeks in duration) designed to assist offenders with altering their criminal attitudes and behaviors.

This class covers an array of various topics to include: self-discovery, thought records, communication, relationships, worry and control, self-esteem, anger management, stress management, anxiety, and depression.

Inside Out Dad is a program for incarcerated fathers that include 12 one-hour core sessions and 26 one-hour optional sessions. The format allows a program to vary from basic to advanced depending on the need of the fathers. It can be implemented in a group or in a one-on-one setting.

The focus of treatment in this 8-week class is on the development of coping skills for dealing with strong emotions in healthy ways, and how to identify and utilize coping skills for dealing with stressful situations and events.