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Inside/Out College Program


A PILOT Community College Program Offered through the Cooperative Efforts of:


 IVC Pilot Program 2015-16

During academic year 2015-16, IVC will offer two courses in the Alcohol & Drug Studies program for Inside/Out students.  The classes will be held at the Imperial County Day Reporting Center (former CYA facility), located at 324 Applestill Road in El Centro.  The Inside/Out courses offered during 2015-16 are as follows:

Fall 2015:  ADS 101 – Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery (3 units).  This course will serve as an introduction to assessment and treatment approaches to alcoholism and drug abuse.  Alcohol will be studied in its social and clinical context.  This course will examine the various components of intervention, treatment, recovery, and resources.  (The class will meet for 16 weeks, on Thursdays from 1pm-4:10pm.) 

Spring 2016: PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (3 units). This course will serve as an introduction to the study of human behavior and cognition.  Includes consideration of may of the major topics in psychology including, but not limited to, the biology of behavior, learning, human development, sleep and consciousness, personality, mental disorders and therapy, and social processes.  (This class will meet for 16 weeks, on Thursdays from 1:00pm-4:10pm.)  

 Program Requirements

Courses are limited to 30 students, 15 "Inside" students (students incarcerated at the Imperial County Jail) and 15 "Outside" students (IVC campus students).  Students are required to register for the classes through IVC and pay the required enrollment and student fees.  Inside students will receive assistance in processing registration and financial aid applications at the Imperial County Day Reporting Center. 

Inside students will be selected for participation based upon eligibility requirements established by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.  Outside students will be selected in accordance with the IVC open-enrollment policy.  All students, inside and out, will be required to attend an orientation regarding the program rules of conduct during the first week of class.  Strict adherence to the rules of conduct will be required of all students. 

 Inside/Out College Program

The Inside/Out College Program is designed to provide higher educational opportunities for "inside" (incarcerated) and "outside" (campus) students which explore critical sociological issues through individual and group activities, assignments, and projects.  The program is modeled after The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program developed and designed by Lori Pompa of Temple University in 1997 to bring college students and incarcerated individuals together as peers in a classroom setting that emphasizes dialogue and critical thinking. 

For more information contact the Inside/Out Program Coordinator, Gaylla A. Finnell, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-355-6511.  

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