The Florida Prison Education Project offers classes at the Central Florida Reception Center, Polk, Zephyrhills, Lake, Avon Park, and Hernando 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
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 (Credit Hours: 3)
Expository writing with 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 (Credit Hours: 3)
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 (Credit Hours: 3)
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 (Credit Hours: 3)
A study of the dynamics of American national government, including its structure, organization, powers, and procedures.
PHY 2053 College Physics (Credit Hours: 3)
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 (Credit Hours: 3)
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
Terri Susan Fine taught POS 1000: US Founding Documents I via Lantern Tablets to 13 students.
Heather Vazquez taught ENC 1101: English Composition via Lantern Tablets to 7 students.
Fall 2020, Zephyrhills Correctional Institute
Steffen Guenzel taught ENC 3250: Professional Writing via Lantern Tablets to 5 students.
Fall 2020, Central Florida Reception Center
Laurie Uttich taught a Creative Writing Workshop: Literary Nonfiction Writing to a class of 8 men via correspondence.
Summer 2020, Polk Correctional Institute
Keri Watson taught ARH 2500: Non-western Art to a class of 12 men via Lantern Tablets.
Summer 2020, Central Florida Reception Center
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
Laurie Uttich taught Poetry to a class of 20 men in the Main Unit.
Heather Vazquez taught Composition to a class of 20 men in the East Unit.
Jason Fronczek taught Foundations of Art 2 to a class of 20 men in the South Unit.
Fall 2019, Central Florida Reception Center
Laurie Uttich taught Memoir Writing to a class of 15 men in the Main Unit.
Mihai Vaida, Nicholas Cox, Dave Austin, Michael Chini, Stephanie Jarmak, Ahlam Al-Rawi, William Kaden, Ahlam Al-Rawi, and Justin Reyes taught Physics to a class of 15 men in the East Unit.
Keri Watson and Jason Fronzcek taught Foundations of Art to 15 men in the South Unit.
Summer 2019, Central Florida Reception Center
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.
Nicholas DeArmas taught Introduction to Literature, an English class, to a class of 10 men.
Spring 2019, Central Florida Reception Center
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.
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
Annabelle Conroy taught American National Government to a class of 15 men.
Summer 2018, Central Florida Reception Center
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
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.
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.