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Education in the Justice System

EDUC 401F
SLN: 13322

Facilitator: Kit Gruver, kit.gruver@seattlecolleges.edu

  • Date/Time: Class meets the following Wednesdays: 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5 from 2:00-3:20 pm
  • Location: MGH 282
  • Mandatory Tutor Training: Friday, 4/12 (12-4)
  • Mandatory Safety & Security Orientation: Wednesday, 4/17 (5:50pm-10pm)
  • Tutoring hours are available M-Th, 11a-8p.

How does one's educational story impact criminal behavior? Find out for yourself with this unique opportunity to tutor in one of society's most under-served populations. The Education department at the King County Correctional Facility encourages you to stretch your boundaries and join us in a quarter of educational enrichment. With the opportunity to tutor inmates in a GED (General Educational Development), ABE (Adult Basic Education), and/or ESL (English as a Second Language) curriculum, you have the freedom to challenge your own creativity, gain teaching skills, and help the community by being your student's first positive educational experience. You may find that the experience of working with inmates has a lasting and profound impact on your personal, social, and political frame of reference.

Our 5 seminar series will focus on personal tutoring strategies and techniques, issues of adult education in our community, and the positive outcomes of adult education. We will hear from speakers who work in adult education, as well as adult learners, who are the product of adult education. Be prepared for a dynamic experience as you tap into a population that acts with emotion and can touch you with stories of their dehumanizing reality.

For this seminar, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

  • 2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
  • 3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 years or older to work at the King County Correctional Facility and you may register for a maximum of 3 credits for this class. Also a criminal background check will be completed for all interested students (previous convictions DO NOT automatically bar your entrance into the jail).