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Literacy

This class is offered to inmates who do not possess a high
school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma).  Placement in this class is
dependent on TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Test results.  Classes are
held Monday – Friday at Main Prison, Camps C, D, & F.  Students are TABE tested
quarterly.

 GED
(General Equivalency Diploma)

This class is offered to inmates who do not possess a high
school diploma.  Classes are held Monday-Friday at Main Prison, Camps C, D, &
F.  Students are TABE tested quarterly.

 ABE (Adult
Basic Education)

This class is offered to inmates who possess a high school
diploma or GED, but have low- test scores.  This class is designed to raise
skill levels for admittance to vocational school.  Students are TABE tested
quarterly.

 SSD
(Special School District #1)

This program is designed for special education students. 
Students are screened, monitored and taught by Special Education Teachers
provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

 

The following classes are offered by
Louisiana Technical College.  Entrance is dependent on TABE scores.  All
students are tested prior to admittance.

 Automotive Technology

This program provides specialized classroom instruction and
practical shop experience to prepare individuals to engage in the servicing and
maintenance of all types of automobiles at the entry level.

 Carpentry

This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge
and skills to lay out, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures
and fixtures using hand and power tools.  The program also includes instruction
in areas such as common systems of framing, construction materials, estimating,
blueprint reading, and finish carpentry techniques.

 Culinary Arts

This program prepares students to work in service, production,
fast foods and baking areas of the food service industry.

 Graphic Communications

This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge
and skills in the use of tools, test equipment, operating equipment, materials,
and processes to make ready, operate, and maintain photography and printing
equipment for the production of process color printing.

Horticulture

This program is designed to prepare
students for employment in the areas of production and management in
horticultural enterprises. It includes instruction and practical experience in
the lab, which is equipped and managed according to industry standards.

Welding

This program is designed to prepare
individuals for employment in the field of welding. Instruction is provided in
various processes and techniques of welding including oxyfuel cutting, carbon
arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored
arc welding, gas metal arc welding, pipe-welding, plasma arc cutting, blueprint
reading, weld symbols, and joints.         

  

New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary (NOBTS)

The New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola has 95 inmate students
enrolled for the Spring 2008.  Inmates enrolled in the seminary have the option
of graduating with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry. 
The seminary offers 6 classes which are instructed by certified professors for a
total of 16 hours per semester.

The vision for this program has expanded to include interns
within the ministry.  Each of the interns must have earned at least 90 credit
hours with NOBTS.  All of the interns are assigned and mentored by a graduate
minister.

The Providence Learning Center of the New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary has implemented a one year Faith-based Certificate Program
at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Extension Center.  After completing this one
year curriculum, the inmate will be awarded a certificate.

There are currently 143 inmate minister interns serving the
inmate population at Angola.  In addition, there are 22 NOBTS graduates who are
serving as missionaries at other correctional facilities throughout the state of
Louisiana.

PREP Pre-Release Exit Program and
Re-Entry Progams

The P.R.E.P./Re-Entry
training provided by LSP actually prepares
an inmate for return to society by providing him with job skills, teaching him
how to apply for and keep a job, instructing him to cope with daily stressors,
developing communication skills, and causing him to be aware of his personal
skills.  This rehabilitative training program enables the inmate, once
released, to compete in the employment market, to be immediately prepared for employment
without further training and to have confidence in his abilities to re-enter
society as a productive member.