Continuing Education

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: E-Learning and Lifelong Learning.

E-Learning is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely through the use of electronic communication. It is also referred to as distance learning or digital learning. E-Learning is not constrained by geographic considerations; it offers opportunities in situations where traditional classroom education is difficult. Inmate-students with scheduling problems can benefit because E-Learning allows for more flexibility and can be delivered virtually anywhere.

Lifelong Learning courses are designed for inmate-students who are 62 years of age and older. Lifelong Learning courses provide opportunities for older inmate-students to foster the continuous development and improvement of knowledge and skills in areas of interest and personal fulfillment. Participation in educational endeavors by the older inmate-student is generally not for credit or formal recognition, but primarily for immediate application, personal satisfaction, and socialization. Lifelong Learning courses help inmate-students stay physically and mentally active through exercise, good nutritional awareness, and critical thinking through social interactions.

Inmate-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.


Available at all CDCR institutions

Program Length

Assignments and enrollments are open entry/open exit. Inmate-students’ progress at their own pace.


All CDCR inmate-students are eligible to enroll in these programs.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035