Desistance is supported by three main factors: social bonds, educational attainment, and employment.

FPEP offers impactful programs that focus on building social relationships, educating students, and preparing them for employment.

FPEP’s curriculum is aligned with the State of Florida’s General Education Program (GEP) for easy transfer of up to 45 credits through the Prior Learning Assessment Program.

Classes

The Florida Prison Education Project has offered classes at the Central Florida Reception Center (CFRC)Avon Park, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Polk, and Zephyrhills Correctional Institutions for Continuing Education Certification.

Fall 2022 (In-person classes at Polk, Lake, and CFRC)

ART 2000 Advancing Art (Mr. Jason Burrell and Mr. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

ART 1001 Elements and Principles of Two-Dimensional Design (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
An introduction to the principles of design and materials that can be used to create 2D art.

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich and Ms. Heather Vazquez)
Study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

THE 3311 Theatre History (Ms. Wendy Lamoreaux)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as a cultural identifier.

Summer 2022 (CFRC)

ART 1000 Fundamentals of Art (Mr. Jason Burrell)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

ART 1001 Elements and Principles of Two-Dimensional Design (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
An introduction to the principles of design and materials that can be used to create 2D art.

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)
Analytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities.

Spring 2022

ART 1001 Elements and Principles of Two-Dimensional Design (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
An introduction to the principles of design and materials that can be used to create 2D art.

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Ms. Heather Vazquez)
Expository writing with an emphasis on effective communication and critical thinking.

Stack of books donated to the FPEP Social Justice Library

Fall 2021

ART 1000 Fundamentals of Art (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich)
Study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

Two students and art professor drawing

Summer 2021

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)
Analytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities.

THE 2000 Theatre Survey (Ms. Holly McDonald)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as a cultural identifier.

POS 2041 American National Government 2 (Dr. Annabelle Conroy)
A study of the dynamics of American national government.

POS 1000 U.S. Founding Documents (Dr. Terri Susan Fine)
A study of the US Founding Documents including the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

ART 1000 Fundamentals of Art (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich)
A study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

Five people in a classroom in prison

Spring 2021

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Ms. Heather Vazquez)
Expository writing with an emphasis on effective communication and critical thinking.

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)
Aanalytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities.

THE 2000 Theatre Survey (Ms. Holly McDonald)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as cultural identifier.

POS 2041 American National Government 2 (Dr. Annabelle Conroy)
A study of the dynamics of American national government.

PHY 2053 College Physics (Dr. Michael Chini)
Study of critical and quantitative analysis and thinking, using physics as a model.

ENC 3250 Professional Writing (Dr. Steffen Guenzel)
Study of and practice with professional writing.

5 students and a professor in a classroom in the CFRC main unit

Fall 2020

POS 1000 U.S. Founding Documents (Dr. Terri Susan Fine)
A study of the US Founding Documents including the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Ms. Heather Vazquez)
Expository writing with an emphasis on effective communication and critical thinking.

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich)
A study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

ENC 3250 Professional Writing (Dr. Steffen Guenzel)
Study of and practice with professional writing.

Five students in a classroom in the East Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center

Summer 2020

ARH 2500 History of NonWestern Art (Dr. Keri Watson)
A survey of art and architecture of the nonwestern world, including Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the art of Indigenous Americans.

NEA Big Read book study of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried (Dr. Keri Watson)

Box of books: Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried for the NEA Big Read at the prison

Spring 2020

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich)
A study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Ms. Heather Vazquez)
Expository writing with an emphasis on effective communication and critical thinking. Emphasizing the writing process writing topics are based on selected readings and on student experiences.

ART 1000 Fundamentals of Art (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

Two men drawing in the library in the South Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center

Fall 2019

ART 1000 Fundamentals of Art (Mr. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

CRW 2000 Creative Writing Form and Theory (Ms. Laurie Uttich)
A study of fundamentals of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

PHY 2053 College Physics (Dr. Mihai Vaida, Nicholas Cox, Dave Austin, Dr. Michael Chini, Stephanie Jarmak, Dr. Ahlam Al-Rawi, Dr. William Kaden, and Justin Reyes)
Study of critical and quantitative analysis and thinking, using physics as a model.

Dr. Mihai Vaida teaching Physics in the East Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center

Summer 2019

Dr. Sharon Woodill taught Love and Faith, Family and Friendship, a philosophy class, to a class of 15 men. Read about her experience on her blog.

Dr. Nicholas DeArmas taught Introduction to Literature, an English class, to a class of 10 men.

7 Students and Dr. Nick DeArmas in a writing class in the Main unit of the Central Florida Reception Center

Spring 2019

Creative Writing (Ms. Terry Ann Thaxton and Laurie Uttich)
A creative writing course inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (part of the NEA Big Read)

Arts and Wellness (Drs. Keri Watson and Julia Listengarten)
A visual and performing arts class inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven  (part of the NEA Big Read)

Students and facilitators stretching in a performing arts class

 


Fall 2018

POS 2041 American National Government 2 (Dr. Annabelle Conroy)
A study of the dynamics of American national government.

photo of 8 incarcerated students with faculty member at Central Florida Reception Center

Summer 2018

Prof. Melissa Ringfield led a series of discussions and facilitated a mock trial inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) to 9 men.

Spring 2018

Dr. Keri Watson led a series of discussions on Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) to a class of 16 men as part of the NEA Big Read.

Prof. Melissa Ringfield and Laura Monroe led a series of discussions on Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) to a class of 16 men as part of the NEA Big Read.

FPEP’s curriculum is based on the UCF General Education Program and the guidelines and recommendations outlined in the U.S. Department of Education’s Reentry Education Model (2012) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prison’s Education Program Assessment Report (2016).
It is an evidence-based and accredited curriculum that integrates a broad-based liberal arts education, the development of cognitive skills, and practical real-world skills into each course.
Are you a returning citizen interested in continuing your education? Here is a helpful resource guide. Are you interested in pursuing a degree? Contact DirectConnect to UCF® for assistance.