Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), announces that the school district will soon expand its operations as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities. The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) named SHCOE as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities in February of 2012, and the program went live at the Madison Correctional Institution in April and at the Lowell Annex in May of that year. These programs were the first online secondary education programs at any correctional facility in the United States and have produced 68 graduates to date.
Now, preparations are underway for an impending expansion into five additional facilities.
“From the time we received our AdvancED/SACS accreditation in 2011, we had this goal of serving inmates in correctional facilities,” Dr. Liebman said. “I believe our leading-edge online program offers an effective approach to lowering recidivism and preparing inmates to rejoin society in a productive manner. SHCOE’s goal is to be the leading provider of education and career training for corrections facilities across the country.”
The program will expand to the following five Florida facilities:
• Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando
• Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle
• Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown
• Mayo Correctional Institution Annex in Mayo
• Okeechobee Correctional Institution in Okeechobee
“Smart Horizons Career Online Education has been working closely with the FLDOC to deliver an innovative, effective, Internet-based educational program for its prison population,” said Dr. Rob Miller, SHCOE’s Chief Knowledge Officer. “These online career high schools offer the FLDOC a highly secure Internet-based solution for inmate education.”
Dr. Miller noted that the State of Florida has been very pleased with SHCOE’s reliability and that this was instrumental in setting plans in motion to expand its contract with SHCOE to additional correctional facilities.
“It is imperative that SHCOE be extremely reliable in its delivery of services to FLDOC facilities,” Dr. Miller said. “SHCOE uses the NexPort Campus learning management system and NexPort Solutions’ secure delivery to ensure that inmates receive educational services but cannot violate the security restrictions placed upon them by the warden.”