The Education Services Section of the Bureau of Re-Entry Programs and Education is responsible for oversight and support of the department’s Academic Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, General Library and Law Library programs. Education Services also coordinates Teacher Certification activities for the department’s correctional educators.
NOTE: these position counts include education positions funded in other departmental budget categories, and OPS and contract positions.
Basic Education Skills. Fiscal Year 2012-13:
|Appropriation Categories||FTE||General Revenue||Federal Grants Trust Fund||Total|
|Salaries and Benefits||300||$12,938,449||$2,444,648||$15,383,097|
|Other Personnel Services||$493,477||$516,172||$1,009,649|
|Operating Capital Outlay||$0||$472,386||$472,386|
|Special Categories. Contracted Services||$164,226||$1,402,052||$1,566,278|
|Special Categories. Risk Management Insurance||$96,709||$0||$96,709|
|Special Categories. Lease or Lease Purchase of Equipment||$20,888||$0||$20,888|
|Special Categories. Transfer to Department of Management Services||$14,268||$1,196||$15,464|
|Note: Position count of 348 FTEs does not include OPS and contract positions. Also, some authorized education positions are funded in other departmental budget entities.|
These are programs in which certified academic teachers provide mathematics, reading, language, workforce readiness instruction to inmates with low academic skills. Students’ academic levels are assessed on a regular basis and inmates are afforded the opportunity to secure general educational development (GED) diplomas. 2,930 inmates earned GEDs in Fiscal Year 2010-11 through participation in academic education. Academic and special education programs are operating at 69 correctional facilities and include some or all of the following:
Training programs taught by certified vocational teachers that use curriculums approved by the Florida Department of Education or in accordance with industry standards that provide inmates with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities needed to secure employment in occupations identified by the US Department of Labor and/or the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation to be in-demand in the State of Florida.
Career and Technical Education Programs: The Department provides 80 vocational education courses in 33 distinct vocational trades at 35 DC facilities. Total enrollment capacity is 1,584 students (1.6% of the total inmate population). All Vocational Teachers are certified, and all programs utilize DOE approved curriculum frameworks.
In Fiscal Year 2011-12, inmates were awarded 2,217 vocational certificates. Vocational Teacher salaries are a general revenue expense; however, the Department receives $500,000 in Perkins grant funds annually to supplement GR funds in support of vocational training programs. These funds may only be used for purchasing supplies and equipment, grant administration and teacher in-service costs.
|Career and Technical Education Programs as of April 2012|
|Facility / # of Programs||Career & Technical Education Programs|
|Apalachee CI - East (1)||(1) Cabinetmaking.|
|Avon Park CI (5)||(1) Automotive Service Technology, (2) Cabinetmaking, (3) PC Support Services, (4) Printing and Graphic Communications, (5) Turf Equipment Technology.|
|Baker CI (4)||(1) Cabinetmaking, (2) Electricity, (3) Masonry, Brick and Block, (4) Plumbing Technology.|
|Calhoun CI (1)||(1) Printing and Graphic Communications/WEB Design Services.|
|Columbia CI (1)||(1) PC Support Services.|
|Columbia Annex (1)||
|Cross City CI (3)||(1) Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing, (2) Cabinetmaking, (3) PC Support Services/Business Supervision/Computer Programming and Technology.|
|DeSoto Annex (3)||(1) Applied Welding Technology, (2) Carpentry, (3)Masonry, Brick and Block .|
|Florida State Prison - West||Printing & Graphic Arts|
|Franklin CI (1)||(1) Plumbing Technology.|
|Gulf CI (1)||
|Hamilton CI (3)||(1) Cabinetmaking, (2) Electricity, (3) Masonry, Brick and Block.|
|Hamilton CI Annex (1)||(1) PC Support Services.|
|Hardee CI (1)||(1) Carpentry.|
|Hernando CI * (1)||(1) Digital Design.|
|Holmes CI (3)||(1) Applied Welding Technology, (2) Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing, (3) PC Support Services.|
|Homestead CI * (2)||(1) Automotive Technology Career Services, (2) PC Support Services.|
|Lake CI (2)||(1) Cabinetmaking, (2) Wastewater/Water Treatment Technologies.|
|Lancaster CI (6)||(1) Autotronics/Automotive Service Technology, (2) Carpentry, (3) Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts, (4) Environmental Services, (5) PC Support Services, (6) Printing and Graphic Communications.|
|Lawtey CI (1)||(1) Drafting Architectural.|
|Lowell CI and Work Camp* (6)||(1) Cosmetology, (2) Culinary Arts, (3) Drafting Architectural, (4) Equine Care Technology, (5) AC, Refrigeration, & Heating Technology, (6) PC Support Services.|
|Lowell CI Annex * (1)||(1) Fashion Design and Production.|
|Marion CI (4)||(1) Cabinetmaking, (2) AC, Refrigeration, & Heating Technology, (3) Electricity, (4) Water/Wastewater Treatment Technologies.|
|Polk CI (3) ||(1) Auto Service Technology, (2) Computer Systems Technology, (3) Plumbing Technology/Fire Sprinkler Systems Technology.|
|Sago Palm WC (1)||(1) PC Support Services.|
|Santa Rosa Annex||Commercial Class “B” Driving.|
|Sumter CI (5)||(1) Automotive Service Technology, (2) Consumer Electronics Technology, (3) Masonry, Brick and Block, (4) Masonry, Brick and Block (Youthful Offenders, (5) Drafting (Youthful Offenders).|
|Suwannee CI Annex (2)||(1) PC Support Services, (2) Plumbing Technology/Fire Sprinkler Systems Technology.|
|Taylor CI (1)||(1) Plumbing Technology.|
|Taylor CI Annex (3)||(1) Carpentry, (2) Masonry, Brick and Block, (3) PC Support Services.|
|Tomoka CI (2)||(1) Carpentry, (2) Masonry Brick and Block.|
|Wakulla CI (1)||(1) Environmental Services.|
|Walton CI (2)||(1) Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology , (2) Carpentry.|
|(#) = DC-operated career and technical education programs|
|* = Female facility|
Specter Grant: The Grants to States for Workplace and Community Transition Training for Incarcerated Individuals (Specter) is a Federal grant that provides postsecondary vocational training for incarcerated offenders 35 years of age or under, have GED or high school diploma, are within seven years of release from prison, must not be convicted of murder, or a crime involving a victim who is a minor, or sexual offense. Participants receive postsecondary vocational certificates upon successful completion of the training. This program assists inmates in the transition process by providing relevant job skills training necessary to obtain gainful employment upon release. The Department will receive $1,743,224 in Specter grant funds in Fiscal Year 2010-11.
Re-entry Seminarsare offered to Specter participants to provide valuable information regarding employment opportunities, community resource providers, social services, housing, and other resources available within their respective communities to insure a smooth transition upon release. Federal, state and local entities are invited into the prisons to provide inmates with specific information relating to the services they offer.
Specter Grant funded Programs. As of May 2012:
In Fiscal Year 2010-11, inmates were awarded 583 Specter certificates.