Education (Academic)


PROGRAMS



ACADEMIC OUTREACH (CELL STUDY)

Description

The Academic Outreach (Cell Study) Program provides instruction, tutoring services, and materials to inmates at all levels from literacy through college studies. The program is provided to inmates who are not enrolled in a formal education program due to inability to function in a regular classroom or facility needs/security reasons; or who are in "limited access" areas of the facility (Hospital, SHU, RMU, RMHU, Protective Custody).

Goals

The objectives are the same as those for the regular, formal education programs and may include: literacy, high school equivalency diploma, English fluency, or college correspondence courses.

Curriculum

All instruction is based on individual needs and the curricula are appropriate to each inmate’s level and program in one or more academic content area.

Admission Requirements

Participation is limited to inmates who do not have access to the regular academic program.

Assessment

The assessment processes used may be the same as those used by a comparable education program. In addition, college proficiency examinations may be utilized for college credit.

Locations

In any facility or area of a facility where inmate education needs cannot be met through regular classroom placement.

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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION

Description

The Adult Basic Education Program provides individualized instruction to meet the needs of inmates who have reading and math scores below 6.0 on the Department's selected standardized test in the general areas of reading, mathematics, and language arts, in the context of real life adult problems and situations.

Goals

Admission Requirements

Reading and/or math level below 6.0 as measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) standardized achievement test.

Assessment

Each inmate in the ABE Program is to be retested using the appropriate level of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Form 9 or 10) three times per year.

Locations

Available at all General Confinement Facilities.

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BILINGUAL PROGRAM

Description

The Bilingual Program provides individualized and group instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish, for inmates who are Spanish monolingual or Spanish dominant. Inmates who are monolingual or dominant in another language are provided with instruction in English as a Second Language.

Goals

Curriculum

The Department's standardized Bilingual Education and ESL Curriculum.

Admission Requirements

SPANISH ABE: Reading and/or math level below 6.0 as measured by the Spanish version of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE Espaņol). Spanish monolingual or Spanish dominant.

SPANISH HSE: Reading and math levels above 6.0 as measured by the TABE Espaņol, Level M.

ESL: English skills below Level 10 as measured by the Best Plus Test. A 6.0 literacy level in Spanish per the TABE Espaņol, Level M.

Assessment

FOR SPANISH ABE
Each inmate in the Bilingual and/or Adult Basic Education Program is to be retested using the TABE Espaņol Levels E and M, approximately three times per year. A score of 6.0 in the TABE Espaņol Level M is required for promotion to Spanish HSE.

FOR SPANISH GED
In order to take the HSE in Spanish, each candidate must achieve a score of 9.0 in Reading and Math on the SABE 6 and achieve a minimum total passing score on the official HSE Readiness Test in Spanish.

FOR ESL
Each inmate will be retested approximately every 150 hours of instruction, or every four months on the Best Plus Test. Life Skills and other language areas can be assessed by a variety of instruments at the discretion of the teacher. LEP inmates who obtain a level 9-10 on the Best Plus Test are retested in reading on the TABE (in English) and remain in school until they reach an English reading level of 6.0 on the TABE, Level M.

Locations

Available at most General Confinement Facilities.

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COLLEGE PROGRAMS

Description

In addition to the New York Theological Seminary’s Masters of Professional Studies Program, several facilities offer college level credit-bearing courses for inmates who possess a verified High School Equivalency or High School Diploma. These programs are privately funded and offer certificate, Associate and/or Bachelor degree programs. The length of these programs varies depending on the type of program and number of credits the inmate has prior to admission. Admission requirements and assessment also vary depending on the on-campus policies of each school.

Goals

To enable inmates to continue their education beyond the high school level and work toward earning a college certificate or degree.

Admission Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalency diploma.

Locations

Facility College Program Funding Source
ALBION Medaille College
Associates in Liberal Studies
24 credit Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certificate Program
Receive Credits and Transcript
Sunshine Lady
Private Foundation
ATTICA Genesee Community College
Earn a Certificate & Associate’s Degree
Private Foundation – Sunshine Lady Foundation
AUBURN College Prison Education Program – Cornell University through Cayuga Community College – Associate’s Degree Program Private Foundation – Sunshine Lady Foundation
BEDFORD HILLS
(Pre-College/College)
The Bedford Hills College Program; 5 Colleges: Marymount Manhattan College (Coordinator of partnership), Bank Street College of Education, Barnard College, Marymount Manhattan College, Mercy College, and Pace University. Support from SUNY/New Paltz Foundation.
Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Private Funds
CAPE VINCENT Jefferson Community College
Receive Credits and Transcript (Up to 30 Credits)
Private Funds
COXSACKIE Bard Prison Initiative - Associate’s &
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Private Funds
EASTERN Bard Prison Initiative – Associate’s &
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Private Funds
FISHKILL Hudson Link: Nyack College - Bachelor’s Degree Program, Bard College Private Funds
FIVE POINTS Hobart & William Smith College
Receive Credits and Transcript

Private Funds
GREEN HAVEN Bard Prison Initiative - Associate’s &
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Private Funds
GREENE Siena College provides college credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree. Private Funds through Hudson Link
MOHAWK Mohawk Valley Community College
Associate’s Degree Program
Private Funds
OTISVILLE John Jay College through the Community Pipeline Program offers college courses Private Funds
SING SING Hudson Link: Mercy College and Nyack College - Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degree Programs
New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) Masters Program

Private Funds

Donations

SULLIVAN Sullivan Community College / Hudson Link
- Associate’s Program
Private Funds through Hudson Link
TACONIC Hudson Link: Vassar, Mercy, Hudson Link & Nyack Colleges
Liberal Arts - 6 credits, Bard College
Private Funds
UPSTATE St. Lawrence University
Inside/Outside Model Program
Courses for Cadre offenders (intermittent, depending on availability of instructors)

Funded by SLU
WYOMING Consortium of the Niagara Frontier: Consortium of the Niagara Frontier: Niagara University, Canisius College, and Daemen College
3 Credit hours per course
Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degree- Liberal Arts Program
Contract with DCJS
WOODBOURNE Bard Prison Initiative - Associate’s Degree Program Private Funds

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High School Equivalency (HSE)

Description

The high school equivalency (HSE) program provides an individualized instructional program for inmates whose reading and math scores are above the sixth grade level (6.0), and who do not possess a high school credential. The program may be divided into a Pre-HSE level (6.0-8.9) and HSE level (9.0 and above). Enrollment in school is mandatory until the student earns a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Goals

To prepare the inmate for passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), leading to the High School Equivalency Diploma.

Curriculum

The Department’s HSE Competency Curriculum is to be used. Instruction is provided in each of the content areas of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

Admission Requirements

Pre-HSE Level: Reading and math level above 6.0, as measured on the Department's selected standardized achievement test (TABE 9/10, Level M or D).

HSE Level: Reading and math above 9.0 as measured by the designated standardized achievement test (TABE 9/10, Level D).

Assessment

At the Pre-HSE level, the appropriate level of the TABE 9/10 is administered three times per year.

In order to qualify for the Official Readiness Test, the student must obtain a minimum of 9.0 reading and math levels on the TABE, Level D.

The student must obtain a minimum total passing score on the Official Readiness Test in order to be admitted to the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

Certificate Issued

The NYS Education Department High School Equivalency Diploma will be issued upon passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

Locations

Available at all General Confinement Facilities.

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MASTERS OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Description

The Masters of Professional Studies is a two year program of graduate level academic studies taught by the New York Theological Seminary at Sing Sing, followed by a one year commitment to carry out a self-designed program or activity.

Goals

To enable inmates accepted in the program to achieve a Masters Degree in Professional Studies preparing them for professional activity.

Length

Two years: one academic year (September - June); one year of post-graduation practical experience.

Admission Requirements

Locations

Sing Sing

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RISING HOPE, INC. PROGRAM IN MINISTRY AND HUMAN SERVICES

Description

The Certificate in Ministry and Human Services is a one-year program taught by community volunteers and under the coordination of Rising Hope, Inc.

Goals

The goal of the certificate program is to provide inmates the opportunity to take post-secondary level courses.

Length

One year.

Admission Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalency.

Assessment

Testing is conducted by staff from Rising Hope, Inc.

Locations

Fishkill
Sing Sing
Woodbourne

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SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Description

The Special Education Program provides intensive one-on-one and small group instruction to students under 21 years of age identified as having a disability (i.e. mental retardation, learning disability or emotional disability). Instruction may be provided in a self-contained Special Education class, resource room or through the consultant teacher model.

Goals

To tailor learning activities to the diagnosed needs of students with a disability in order to enable them to achieve learning objectives, and where appropriate, to successfully participate in the regular academic program.

Curriculum

The Special Education Program, because of its supplemental nature, utilizes the curriculum provided in the student's regular academic program, Special Education Profile, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).

Admission Requirements

Students must have a disability and be age 21 and under.

Assessment

Psychoeducational and academic assessments are conducted. These assessments are defined in Directive #4805 and are appropriate to the students’ disabilities as determined by the special education teacher, psychologist and the Committee on Special Education (CSE).

Locations

Albion
Bedford Hills
Coxsackie
Five Points
Franklin
Great Meadow
Greene
Lakeview
Marcy
Taconic
Upstate
Washington
Wende
Wyoming

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TITLE I PROGRAM

Description

Title I is a federally funded remedial education program for inmates age 21 and under that provides instruction in basic education skills to supplement the inmate's regular ABE, HSE, or Occupational Training program.

The Title I Vocational and Career Counseling Program provides individual and/or small group exploration into the world of work. Interest and skill assessments are conducted to guide inmates in developing career and vocational plans for the post-release period. Transition plans are developed enhancing inmate awareness about preparing for re-entry and positive participation upon return to the community.

Title I is supported by the Department's Transitional Services Program, which provides programs that include, but are not limited to, anger management and transition to the community.

Goals

To provide basic skills instruction for neglected and delinquent youth, as a supplement to regular state-operated programs.

Curriculum

The curriculum for each component is consistent with the skills and objectives required in the state academic and vocational education programs which it supplements. The instructional activities in which the student engages will vary according to the component.

Placement Criteria

Locations

Albion
Greene
Washington

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