A: Assuming the paper work is complete and accurate and that we have the textbook in our library we can enroll students with a start date about 2 to 4 weeks out from the date we processed the paper work. This allows time for registration, course material to be printed and shipping of material to the facility.
To admit a new student we need the Student Admissions Application Form and self-pay indicating payment and certificate of study the inmate student will focus on prior to release.
A: Yes, the Rio Salad College Incarcerated Distance Learning Program is a print-based correspondence course. Assignments are sent to your instructor through United States Mail.
A: The purpose of the IRE Scholarship program is to help students earn a certificate prior to release. A certificate or degree from Rio Salado College, an accredited college, can help student employability upon release.
All certificate programs have an associate component to the program of study that can be completed after earning the certificate. Certificates offered in the print based program are listed below:
Time frame provided to complete the certificate is dependent on courses the student has previously taken, the number of classes a student takes per semester and courses transferred in from another academic institution.
After completing the certificate component of a degree and if the student has time and funds available, we suggest the student focus on the associate component or the general studies portion of the degree.
Attached with this email is a list of our Program Check sheets and Course Descriptions.
A: Because the focus is on certificate prior to release, placement test are encouraged after completing the certificate. After completing the certificate or a semester prior to taking a class that requires a placement test submit the attached Accuplacer test request form and the IRE-DL staff will process the test request.
In the case of the two certificates below, the student can take one or two courses then take the Writeplacer to place in to an ENG course.
A: A full-time student schedule is 12 credits or more per semester. Students can take one class or as many classes as can be funded, the student feels capable of completing and the corrections facility allows.
A student should be prepared to study at least 3 hours for each credit. For example a 3 credit class would be about 9 hours of study time a week.
A: Classes range from 14 to 16 weeks, however classes are self-paced and students can move ahead in course work to complete assignments ahead of schedule.
A: Access to the internet is dependent on the correctional facility the student is located. Most department of corrections locations do not have access to the internet.
A: Our program is dependent on the tutors that are available at the corrections facility the student is located. Students are encouraged to write letters to their instructor and the Incarcerated Re-Entry Distance Learning department with specific questions they have about assignments. Include first name last name, student identification number, course information, and specific information on the assignment such as: Assignment name, the page number of textbook or course material etc.
A: Yes, please see the IRE Course Description Exam Textbook Info Document
A: Workforce Development and Addictions and Substance Abuse Certificate. Once the certificate is completed, the courses for the associate degree component of these programs may require proctor testing.
A: Rio Salado College is an accredited college and maintains active transfer partnerships with regionally accredited colleges and universities.
A: Complete these steps:
A: Yes. Please fill out the FERPA form indicating who we can release information.