With CCA, education is about more than reading, writing and arithmetic.
Did you know that on any given day, many men and women are in school at CCA?
Our correctional facilities have classrooms and a full range of rehabilitation programs designed to change the lives of inmates in our jails, prisons and detention centers for the better. Here, our counselors, teachers, instructors and social service experts prepare men and women for the lives they will lead when they return to home and reconnect with society.
We focus on overcoming addiction and committing to long-term sobriety. We stress making good decisions for the right reasons. We emphasize educational attrainment, from GEDs to college-level coursework. We talk about personal responsibility and help inmates develop the skills they need to live independently.
Most of all, we believe in the ability of individuals to change. After all, it takes a special person to devote his or her career to improving the lives of men and women who've made bad choices. But that's what it takes to treat the "total person" and prepare them for success.
Addictions Treatment Professionals
Studies show that many inmates have struggled with addiction and drug abuse. CCA’s addictions treatment counselors, coordinators and managers work to help inmates embark on drug-free lives, with the support and skills that are key to life-long sobriety.
Our professionals help offenders develop skills in rational thinking and living with others. These men and women - many, for the first time - learn how to make positive choices and live responsibily within a community. Through group therapy sessions, one-on-one counseling, individualized treatment plans and community services, our addictions treatment professionals help inmates get on the right path.
Faith-Based Services Professionals
In CCA correctional facilities, a staff of experienced professionals help inmates of all beliefs keep the faith.
Our chaplains and program facilitators work closely with volunteers, organizations and fellow staff, as they address the spiritual and religious needs of offenders through recreational activities, textual study, individual support and faith-based worship services.
Our faith-based program professionals lead and oversee services, develop relationships with nonprofit, volunteer organizations and provide pastoral counseling to inmates who seek spiritual support. They may also help serve offenders housed in “faith pods,” which are inmate housing communities within correctional facilities designed to foster integrity, personal responsibility and teamwork.
Just like most schools, CCA's classrooms at facilities are staffed and managed by principals, instructor supervisors, academic instructors, educational counselors and others. This unique group of dedicated educators makes a difference in the lives of our non-traditional students. With their guidance, expertise and support, many inmates - for the first time - learn how to read, earn GEDs, become proficient in writing and math, and even take college-level courses.
Our educators feel increasingly rewarded by the large and small accomplishments offenders achieve. Correctional educators may teach reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education. They develop lesson plans, lead class discussions and grade assignments. With CCA, teachers work with highly motivated adults, who appreciate an opportunity learn and, in many ways, begin a new course for the rest of their lives.
Life Skills Instructors
Life skills are exactly what they sound like. They are the core abilities we need to live independently and successfully.
We have a special group of educators and instructors who work to help inmates learn how to manage their finances and plan a budget, communicate effectively and parent well, prepare a resume and perform professionally in a job interview and much more.
Life skills instructors provide our inmates with the tools they need to succeed as contributing members of our communities and society at large.
Many vocational instructors never considered working in the classroom, but have discovered the gratification of teaching skilled trades to people who use these talents to build a new life.
CCA’s vocational instructors teach carpentry, electrical and small engine repair, plumbing, painting, masonry, building trades, food service, commercial maintenance, horticulture and computer applications, including training in Microsoft Office. All vocational programs are competency-based, with many offering nationally recognized certifications that lay the foundation for offenders to rebuild their lives with confidence upon release.
We believe that experienced, skilled tradespersons who are driven to make a difference are a good fit for vocational instruction.