Education Programs

Education Programs

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) established a school system in January 2008 with a high school at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) and adult education offered at every facility. The education staff includes properly endorsed and certified principals and teachers.

Individuals complete education testing at admission. Those who did not complete high school before incarceration may participate in a variety of programs to help them learn and earn one of two different high school diplomas. Those who complete the high school program earn the NCYF Community High School Diploma. Those who pass the series of GED tests earn the State of Nebraska High School Diploma. 

In addition to high school and adult education opportunities, NDCS also offers life skills and parenting lessons, prevocational and vocational classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, correspondence courses and university curriculum for college credit. 

In 2016, Nebraska Correctional Education programs had a 94 percent passing rate for GED testers, one of the top percentage scores in the United States. To date, more than 300 individuals have received a NCYF Community High School Diploma. 

Program Description
Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education assists adult incarcerated students work toward high school equivalency, or refresh skills regardless of diploma status.

Need Addressed:  Education

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Helps students prepare for taking the high school equivalency test (GED).

Addresses Need Area:  Education

College Courses

College courses are offered through various universities/colleges and correspondence courses. Currently, college classes are provided by grant funded providers and/or at the individual's own expense.

Needs Addressed:  Education; employment; life skills; pro-social.


English as a second language (ESL) is designed to aid those students not fluent in English learn to speak, read, hear and write the language so they can better function in society.  Also prepares for other learning courses.

Needs addressed:  Education; life skills

High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 22 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students over 22 need to go through an application process.

 Need addressed:  Education.

Metro Community College

Provides college level education.

Need addressed:  Education/employment

Metro Community College (MCC) Core Courses (Credit)

Completion of any 3 college credit courses.

Need addressed:  Education/Employment/outside interest

University of Nebraska Lincoln Ethnic Studies (credit course)

Higher level education exploring ethnic studies.

Need area addressed:  Education, outside interest.

University of Nebraska Lincoln Intermediate Algebra (credit course)

Higher level education in the area of Algebra.

Needs addressed:   Education, employment, outside interest.

University of Nebraska Omaha (credit courses)

Higher level of education in a variety of areas.  

Need area addressed: Education, employment, outside interest

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Intro to Art (credit)

Higher level education.

Need addressed;  Education, outside interest.  


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Intro to Psychology

Higher level education.

Needs addressed:  Education, outside interest.  

Wesleyan College Course Math (non-credit)

College level math instruction.

Need addressed:  education, outside interest, employment

Wesleyan College Course Positive Psychology (no-credit)

Provides college level instruction on psychology

Need addressed:  Outside interest.

York College (Credit)

AA Degree in General Education Requirements

Need addressed:  Education, employment.