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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Education and Job Training

Florida Corrections Distance Learning Network (CDLN)

Les Dumas
(850) 410-4416
SUNCOM 210-4416

The Florida Corrections Distance Learning Network (CDLN) consists of 43 sites located at 28 correctional institutions, five regional offices, four alternate regional sites, five regional probation and parole offices, and central office. Using satellite and two-way video-conferencing technologies, the network provides efficient, cost-effective delivery of a variety of educational programs for offenders and includes academic and vocational training and life management skills.

Accomplishments in 1996-97:

  • In FY96-97, CDLN delivered over 30 training programs to employees including Corrections Quality Management Leadership, Classification, Probation and Parole, Personnel Issues, Health Services, Special Education and many others. Over 3,500 employees received the initial training in these sessions and subsequent training reached thousands more through sites videotaping the session for future use.

  • Planning was completed for a literacy training program for instructors, volunteers and inmate tutors which will precede delivery of a 30 part literacy program, both of which will be broadcast in the fall of 1997; and a Math Basics Program is being evaluated for the end of the year.

  • Centralized delivery of educational services, training programs and various regional and statewide meetings has resulted in significant cost savings to the department in the areas of travel and time away from the job.