Yukon College: Whitehorse Correctional Centre Campus (WCC)
The Yukon College Whitehorse Correctional Centre Campus offers inmates a variety of upgrading and ES programs through the college’s Adult Basic Education programming. Programs are offered to fulfill academic and employment skill development needs. These include general academic upgrading, high school equivalency diploma programs(GED) , vocational training, career guidance, academic assessments and First Nations-based college preparation programs. The campus philosophy is to assist students to move forward in these areas so that upon release they will be better prepared to further their studies or gain employment. The WCC campus helps inmates make positive transitions to productive community based lives.
Programming tends to be short term due to attrition issues (target groups’ length of sentences, release dates, institutions scheduling. etc.). Courses and employment skills programs are typically 3 to 5 weeks long: 3 to 4 hours daily. Class sizes range from 6-10 learners. Male and female inmates are segregated and classes are offered separately.
Essential Skills programming is linked to occupation training and career planning with the goal of preparing participants for employment once released. Examples of these programs included:
• Essential Skills for Kitchen Helpers
• Essential Skills for Building Service Workers
• Career and Wellness Program
WCC offers literacy, adult basic education and academic upgrading courses as well. Courses include
020- 1st level upgrading for participants not ready for Academic streaming (below Grade 10 level skills)
030- Upgrading for participants with Grade 10 level skills or higher
• Basic Reading
• Writing and Math Essential Skills
• College Prep
• Pre-Trades Math
• Computer Basics
• Resume Writing
• Financial Literacy/Money Management
A course or a program may be run only once during a year but delivered several times. The correctional centre is divided into 4 to 5 separated, segregated living units so programming is delivered to one unit at a time. In addition the number of programs/courses offered is dependent on available funding.
Kevin Kennedy, Yukon College: Whitehorse Correctional Centre Campus
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