UW Pipeline Project

EDUC 401 H: Literacy in the Criminal Justice System

  • SLN: 14167
  • Date/Time: Class day and time will be scheduled based on student availability.
  • Location: King County Correctional Facility Chinook building
  • Facilitator: Liz Wurster

Do inequalities in the education system lead to criminal behavior? Can adult education in the criminal justice system mitigate the effects of these inequalities? Find out for yourself with this unique opportunity to work with one of society’s most under-served populations. The Education department at the King County Correctional Facility encourages you to stretch your boundaries and join us in a quarter of educational enrichment. With the opportunity to tutor inmates in a GED (General Educational Development), ABE (Adult Basic Education), and/or ESL (English as a Second Language) curriculum, you have the freedom to challenge your own creativity, gain teaching skills, and help the community by being your student’s first positive educational experience. Our seminar series will focus on personal tutoring strategies and techniques, broader questions and issues surrounding the criminal justice system, and the positive outcomes of adult education in our community. We will hear from speakers who work in adult education as well as adult learners who are the product of adult education. Be prepared for a dynamic experience as you “engage in such incredibly rewarding partnerships with people who really just want the chance to learn that maybe no one else has given them before.” (Quote from current tutor)

For this seminar, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. 
Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:
3 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
4 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)

  • Tutoring hours are available M-Th, 11am-8pm.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 years or older to work at the King County Correctional Facility and you may register for a maximum of 3 credits for this class. Also a criminal background check will be completed for all interested students (previous convictions DO NOT automatically bar your entrance into the jail).
  • Please note that this is a 2 quarter commitment.
  • STUDENTS MUST ENROLL IN FALL QUARTER TO CONTINUE WINTER & SPRING. PAPERWORK MUST START IN SPRING QUARTER.