Risk Intervention Services: Education Services

Average # of Days of Enrollment: Total

41 Q4 2022

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Story Behind the Curve

Due to movement between facilities for population management and releases to the community corrections education does not have students enrolled for a long period of time like a typical school.

Courses are offered in three curricula areas:

  • Living & Basic Skills (K-8 grade level):  Students assessed for our basic skills & living courses often have multiple deficits in their learning. This group of students present specific challenges when it comes to consistent attendance. Corrections Education is consistently working to develop systems to reach adult students who are learning at lower education levels.
  • Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT; high school level): Students enrolled in CHSVT courses tend to be more motivated to complete their high school diploma. Movement, RIS groups, work, and facility schedules can create many challenges for students to consistently attend courses.
  • Workforce Readiness (post-secondary level): Student enrolled in workforce readiness courses have a higher level of educational readiness. Motivation is increased as students often have personal educational goals to prepare for the workforce. Adult students are working at a typical educational level for their age which we often find helps with consistent attendance.


Total enrollment in FY22 included 460 individuals with an average enrollment of 72 days. More specifically, in FY22 there were the following average number of days of enrollment:

  • Living & Basic Skills: 39 days
  • CHSVT: 44 days
  • Work Readiness: 43 days
  • Total: 72 days

Education Services partners with the following:

Living & Basic Skills: AOE Special Education, VocRehab Vermont

CHSVT: McGraw Hill, Vermont high schools and independent school, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Workforce Readiness: Community College of Vermont (CCV), University of Vermont (UVM), Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), the Department of Labor (DOL), VocRehab Vermont, Center for Technology Essex

What Works

Living & Basic Skills: Corrections Education had developed a Student Special Services (S3) team that works state-wide to consult with educators and other RIS staff to assist in developing interventions that meet the needs of struggling adult learners.

CHSVT: CHSVT has adopted curriculum from McGraw Hill. All curriculum materials are aligned with the common core standards. Using a consistent curriculum across Corrections Education assists students who are moved between facilities to continue their personal learning plans.

Workforce Readiness: Offering post-secondary education is challenging because most of our students are working at the 7-8 grade level. Offering this coursework to those who are ready not only supports the individual working at this level but also motivates those work at the lower levels to know that they can achieve post-secondary certifications.

Action Plan

Living & Basic Skills: Continue to develop our S3 model and have all of RIS use the Focus Student Information System to collect data and communicate within our multi-disciplinary teams.

CHSVT: Corrections Education is working with ADS to develop an education network that will connect all correctional facilities and allow for more distance learning opportunities and allow students to access their education work at all facilities and in the community upon release.

Workforce Readiness: Corrections Education is developing multiple partnerships across the state to ensure that our workforce readiness curricula are aligned with industry standards and the needs of Vermont employers.

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