Continuing education offers high interest general education courses though personal enrichment, development and post-secondary learning activities. The Office of Correctional Education provides two types of continuing education through eLearning and/or Lifelong Learning.
eLearning, sometimes called distance learning and/or digital learning, is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely through the use of electronic communication. eLearning is not constrained by geographic considerations; it offers opportunities in situations where traditional classroom education is difficult. Offender-students with scheduling problems can benefit because eLearning allows for more flexibility and can be delivered virtually anywhere.
Lifelong Learning courses are designed for offender-students who are 62 years of age and older. Lifelong Learning courses provide opportunities for older offender-students to foster the continuous development and improvement of knowledge and skills in areas of interest and personal fulfilment. Participation in educational endeavors by the older learner is generally not for credit or formal recognition, but primarily for immediate application, personal satisfaction, and socialization. Lifelong Learning courses help offender-students stay physically and mentally active through exercise, good nutritional awareness, and critical thinking through social interactions.
Offender-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.
Continuing education is available in all CDCR institutions.
Assignments and enrollments into these programs are open entry/open exit. Offender-students’ progress at their own pace.
All CDCR offender-students are eligible to enroll in these programs.
An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need. See Rehabilitative and Educational Services
Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram
See Technology Solutions for more information.
Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.
See Rehabilitative Program Videos for DRP program information and general insight of CDCR's offender rehabilitation.