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Incarcerated Student Education

Pima Community College partners with the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) and Federal Corrections Complex (FCC) facilities across the state of Arizona to deliver transformative vocational or educational opportunities through correctional education. PCC currently operates educational programs within the following facilities:

  • Arizona State Prison Complex – Tucson, AZ
  • Federal Bureau of Prison Federal Corrections – Tucson, AZ
  • Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry – Douglas, AZ (Douglas Location in Final Teach-out)

Students cannot always freely seek involvement in education programs within the prison and some education programs are restricted to specific yards at the prison.

History of the Program

PCC has offered classes and programs to incarcerated learners since the late 1970’s. Learners enrolled in PCC Incarcerated Education Program courses are considered full-time PCC students and all courses are college credit-bearing.

The PCC Incarcerated Education Program's emphasis is to reduce recidivism by imparting skills for incarcerated learners to be successful upon release from prison. Learners become more employable with the completion of educational programming and are encouraged to continue their education. Students are prepared to transition to conventional PCC campuses, Pima Online, or other institutions fitting their educational goals.

Faculty

Instructors are full-time PCC employees who are experienced in the field of study and who bring enthusiasm and knowledge to the classroom. The CTE instructors are NCCER certified.

Site Information

CTE Courses and the Experimental Second Chance Pell Grant Program are offered at the Arizona State Prison Complex, 10000 S. Wilmot Rd, Tucson, AZ.

Business and Management courses are offered at the Federal Corrections Complex, 8901 S. Wilmot Rd, Tucson, AZ.

Contact Information for PCC Incarcerated/Prison Education Programs

Anthony Offret
Advanced Program Manager
AZ State & Federal Prison Programs
Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ
Tel: 520-574-0024 ext. 36241
pcc-prisonprograms@pima.edu
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