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All CSC institutions offer basic literacy education, high school education, and vocational or work focused training. Inmates can access post-secondary education (i.e. college and university), if they qualify.
If an inmate does not have their high school diploma (or adult equivalent) they will be recommended for the Adult Basic Education Program. Education will be listed as a program requirement in that inmate’s correctional plan.
The Adult Education Centre is responsible for providing Academic Programs and Vocational Training Programs to the offenders.
Adult Basic Education utilizes an individualized education plan (IEP) for their adult learners which is based on academic skills rather than on grade levels with a view to preparing these students for success in today’s world.
Students will be assigned to one of the following programs:
- Adult Basic Education 1 Grade 0 to 5
- Adult Basic Education 2 Grade 6 to 8
- Adult Basic Education 3 Grade 9 to 10
- Adult Basic Education 4 Grade 11 to 12
- ABE 1 – Students at the ABE 1 level focus on the core subjects: English and Mathematics. In ABE 1 students are encouraged to think of themselves as lifelong learners and are shown how to use their prior knowledge when encountering academic challenges. The goal of ABE 1 is to provide students practical skills to use upon their release and to prepare them for future studies.
- ABE 2 – Students at the ABE 2 level focus on the core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The goal is to provide students practical skills to use upon release and to prepare them for studies at the high school level.
- ABE 3 – Offers the basic goal of improving adult literacy and math skills to take high school equivalency level courses and generally prepares students for Secondary School Diploma graduation requirements.
- ABE 4 – In order to receive a Secondary School Diploma, students need to complete high school credit courses in the following core subject areas: Mathematics, English, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. In support of working towards completion of either a diploma or certificate, a range of additional high school credit courses are available.
- University – For information on these courses the inmate must submit a request to the Education Department with the specifics of their area of interest.