Greenbush Education for Adult Corrections provides educational services to inmates in all eight Kansas correctional facilities under a contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Services we offer:
These programs include General Education Diploma (GED) instructional services, instruction in a variety of vocational education programs, and secondary level special education services to qualifying inmates. Additionally, the program has helped organize and operate several educational grant programs for KDOC.
- GED/Literacy is available to inmates via computerized labs. Each classroom has the ALS/A+ program loaded on 15 student computers via a centralized server in each classroom. All teachers are licensed by the Kansas Department of Education. Each teaches an a.m. and a p.m. session. GED testing is available monthly at each site.
- For non-English speaking students, the Rosetta Stone software is loaded on the server to assist with learning the language.
- Special education programs provide services that comply with federal and state regulations. Requirements are similar to those required of the public schools, with a few exceptions, including rights normally provided parents, transfer to the student as an adult inmate. Students work under an IEP developed by evaluation and instructional staff members. These programs are available in four locations, at both male and female facilities, and at each custody level.
- A variety of vocational classes are provided at six of the facilities. One of the most unique is a cabin building program offered at three sites. In this program, inmates build cabins inside the prison walls that, upon completion, are purchased by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department, and are then moved to campsites at state and county lakes across the state. Other programs include cabinet building, which builds all the furniture and cabinetry for the cabins, welding, electrical and masonry. The NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum is used in all the programs. This curriculum is recognized nationally by the construction industry and the students’ accomplishments are entered into a national registry that can be accessed online by potential employers across the nation with permission from the graduate.
How does this benefit schools:
Large scale studies have shown that completion of educational services significantly reduces the likelihood of inmates returning to prison. They are more likely to return their communities as productive members of society.
Larry Cyrier, Education Director
Ken Hund, GED Services
Duane Krueger, Vocational Services
The Greenbush Education program has operated under an interagency contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Education since 2001.