The Florida Prison Education Project offers classes at the Central Florida Reception CenterAvon Park, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Polk, and Zephyrhills Correctional Institutions for Continuing Education Certification. The 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.

Research shows that desistance, or the process by which people become law-abiding citizens, is supported by three main factors: social bonds, educational attainment, and employment.

The Florida Prison Education Project draws upon the unique strengths and assets of UCF to offer impactful programs in mixed modalities that focus on building social relationships, matriculating students, and preparing them for employment in the 21st-century global economy.

Schedule of Classes

Fall 2021

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

COM 1000 Introduction to Communication (Dr. Christine Hanlon and Dr. Ann Miller)
Survey course introducing students to theory, research, and practical principles associated with human communication in interpersonal, public, and professional contexts.

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Dr. 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.

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)
Focus on extensive research in analytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities. Emphasis on developing critical thinking and diversity of perspective.

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

THE 2000 Theatre Survey (Prof. Holly McDonald)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as a cultural identifier. By the end of the course, students will have a basic knowledge of theatre and will know how to explain and analyze a performance experience. Students will also be introduced to various theatre organizations within the Orlando area and understand how theatre is represented in local culture.

PHY 2053 College Physics (Dr. Michael Chini)
The mission of the course is to learn tools of critical and quantitative analysis and thinking, using physics as a model. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of core principles and concepts, with quantitative examples requiring the use of basic-level algebra and trigonometry being used to help clarify and illustrate their utility.

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

Summer 2021

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)
Focus on extensive research in analytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities. Emphasis on developing critical thinking and diversity of perspective.

THE 2000 Theatre Survey (Prof. Holly McDonald)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as a cultural identifier. By the end of the course, students will have a basic knowledge of theatre and will know how to explain and analyze a performance experience. Students will also be introduced to various theatre organizations within the Orlando area and understand how theatre is represented in local culture.

POS 2041 American National Government (Dr. Annabelle Conroy)

A study of the dynamics of American national government, including its structure, organization, powers, and procedures.

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 (Prof. Jason Fronczek)
A study of the fundamentals of visual art.

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

Spring 2021

The Florida Prison Education Project’s curriculum is now aligned with the State of Florida’s General Education Program (GEP) for easy transfer of credits to participating Florida State Colleges through the Credits for Prior Learning Program and courses are offered virtually on the Lantern Tablet Platform. Students who successfully complete the course with a grade of A, B, or C will earn a Continuing Education Certificate from the University of Central Florida.

ENC 1101 English Composition 1 (Dr. 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.

ENC 1102 English Composition 2 (Dr. Nicholas DeArmas)

Focus on extensive research in analytical and argumentative writing based on a variety of readings from the humanities. Emphasis on developing critical thinking and diversity of perspective.

THE 2000 Theatre Survey (Prof. Holly McDonald)
A survey of theatre as art, as entertainment, and as cultural identifier. By the end of the course, students will have a basic knowledge of theatre and will know how to explain and analyze a performance experience. Students will also be introduced to various theatre organizations within the Orlando area and understand how theatre is represented in local culture.

POS 2041 American National Government (Dr. Annabelle Conroy)

A study of the dynamics of American national government, including its structure, organization, powers, and procedures.

PHY 2053 College Physics (Dr. Michael Chini)
The mission of the course is to learn tools of critical and quantitative analysis and thinking, using physics as a model. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of core principles and concepts, with quantitative examples requiring the use of basic-level algebra and trigonometry being used to help clarify and illustrate their utility.

ENC 3250 Professional Writing (Dr. Steffen Guenzel)
Study of and practice with professional writing as a rhetorical act involving problem solving and audience accommodation; includes research and text production practices as well as business genres and conventions.

Fall 2020, Polk Correctional Institute

Dr. Terri Susan Fine taught POS 1000: US Founding Documents I via Lantern Tablets to 13 students.

Prof. Heather Vazquez taught ENC 1101: English Composition via Lantern Tablets to 7 students.

Fall 2020, Zephyrhills Correctional Institute

Dr. Steffen Guenzel taught ENC 3250: Professional Writing via Lantern Tablets to 5 students.

Fall 2020, Central Florida Reception Center

Prof. Laurie Uttich taught a Creative Writing Workshop: Literary Nonfiction Writing to a class of 8 men via correspondence.

Summer 2020, Polk Correctional Institute

Dr. Keri Watson taught ARH 2500: Non-western Art to a class of 12 men via Lantern Tablets.

Summer 2020, Central Florida Reception Center

Dr. Keri Watson led a correspondence course as part of the NEA Big Read study of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried to 3 men.

Spring 2020, Central Florida Reception Center

Prof. Laurie Uttich taught Poetry to a class of 20 men in the Main Unit.

Prof. Heather Vazquez taught Composition to a class of 20 men in the East Unit.

Prof. Jason Fronczek taught Foundations of Art 2 to a class of 20 men in the South Unit.

Fall 2019, Central Florida Reception Center

Prof. Laurie Uttich taught Memoir Writing to a class of 15 men in the Main Unit.

Dr. Mihai Vaida, Nicholas Cox, Dave Austin, Dr. Michael Chini, Stephanie Jarmak, Dr. Ahlam Al-Rawi, Dr. William Kaden, and Justin Reyes taught Physics to a class of 15 men in the East Unit.

Dr. Keri Watson and Prof. Jason Fronzcek taught Foundations of Art to 15 men in the South Unit.

Summer 2019, Central Florida Reception Center

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.

Spring 2019, Central Florida Reception Center

Drs. Keri Watson and Julia Listengarten taught Arts and Wellness, a visual and performing arts class inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014) to a class of 6 men as part of the NEA Big Read.

  

Profs. Terry Ann Thaxton and Laurie Uttich taught Creative Writing, a literary arts class inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014) to a class of 15 men as part of the NEA Big Read.

 


Fall 2018, Central Florida Reception Center

Dr. Annabelle Conroy taught American National Government to a class of 15 men.

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

Summer 2018, Central Florida Reception Center

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, Central Florida Reception Center

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). As such, it is an evidence-based and accredited curriculum that integrates a broad-based liberal arts education, the development of cognitive skills (e.g., social cognition, problem-solving, and control over life events), 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.