Cerro Coso Community College’s Incarcerated Student Education Program began in 2015, following the passage of Senate Bill 1391. This policy shifted the apportionment for colleges and allowed face-to-face programs to begin inside of prison. This investment by the State of California is a unique approach to a successful partnership for rehabilitation and safer communities.
Cerro Coso’s Incarcerated Student Education Program (ISEP) is currently serving the California City Correctional Facility and Tehachapi California Correctional Institution.
From our humble beginnings of 19 students in one class in 2015, we now serve over 1000 students each year and offer seven transferable degree pathways.
Our students are thriving in the comprehensive program and succeeding in unprecedented ways. Since 2015, Cerro Coso’s ISEP has served over 2100 students with transferable course offerings and degree pathways and preparing individuals for re-entry into society.
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