Continuing Education

Continuing Education offers general education courses in high-interest subjects for 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; the student works independently. e-Learning is also known as distance learning or digital learning. e-Learning is available regardless of geographic location and offers opportunities in situations where traditional classroom education is challenging. Students with scheduling problems can benefit because e-Learning allows for more flexibility and can be delivered virtually anywhere via television, onsite computers, DVD players, and handheld devices such as tablets.

Lifelong Learning courses are designed for students who are 62 years of age and older. Lifelong Learning courses provide opportunities for older 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 student is generally not for credit or formal recognition, but primarily for immediate application, personal satisfaction, and socialization. Lifelong Learning courses help students stay physically and mentally active through exercise, good nutritional awareness, and critical thinking through social interactions.

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


Continuing education is available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

For e-Learning courses, students progress at their own pace. Lifelong Learning courses vary by length.


All CDCR incarcerated individuals are eligible to enroll in these programs voluntarily. Assignments and enrollments are open entry/open exit.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035