Cerro Coso Community College

2018 ISEP Graduates

Incarcerated Student Education Program Committee

History, Charge and Composition

Cerro Coso Faculty felt a distinct need to address the unique learning environment and students inside the prison. The Academic Senate voted to pass a resolution to create a committee under College Council and the participatory governance process that informs student-centered decisions. Our charge reads:

To inform and guide the scaling out of a model incarcerated student education program. The committee will do this by overseeing applications of board policy, administrative procedures, and college practices and processes for incarcerated students and prison education. It will research and recommend develop best practices for integrated services and processes to ensure that equitable delivery of services go to this unique population. It will assist College Council in reviewing new or modified policy and procedure for incarcerated student instruction, student services, and learning support services.

Resolution: Incarcerated Student Education Program Committee of the College Council

Committee Composition

  • Vice President, Instruction (administrator)
  • Director of East Kern/Kern River Valley (administrator)
  • Manager of Dual Enrollment and Prison Education (administrator)
  • Administrator from Student Services
  • Faculty from Letters and Sciences with experience teaching in the prison
  • Faculty from Career Technical Educational with experience teaching in the prison
  • Faculty with no experience teaching in the prison
  • Faculty counselor
  • Faculty Librarian
  • Classified staff members, one representing admissions and records and one representing ACCESS
  • Student (x2), one formerly incarcerated and one currently incarcerated, if feasible

“The Cerro Coso Professors here at C.A.C. are exceptionally encouraging and inspirational...they convey a sincere passion and desire to see us succeed as students and as individuals who will re-enter every day society.” –CAC Student

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