Inside/Out College Program


A Community College Program Offered through
Imperial Valley College and the
Imperial County Sheriff's Office

 Inside/Out College Program 2018-19

During academic year 2018-19, IVC will offer two courses in the Addiction Disorder Studies Program for Inside/Out students.  The classes will be held at the Imperial County Sheriff's Office in the Villalobos Classroom at the Video Visitation Center (VVC), located at 328 Applestill Road in El Centro.  The Inside/Out courses offered during 2018-19 are as follows:

Fall 2018:  ADS 200 – Family Counseling Approaches (3 units).  This course is designed to present basic ideas and theories about family dynamics, particularly as they apply to families of substance abusers.  The course will also explore strategies for counseling families of substance abusers.  The instructor uses a highly experiential format and students will participate in exercises frequently to incorporate new skills and theory.  (CSU)  (The class will meet for 16 weeks, on Thursdays from 1pm-4:10pm.) 

Spring 2019: Course selection pending.  A course in the ADS certificate pathway will be taught during Spring 2019.  The course selection will be posted as soon as selected. (The 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 Jail. 

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: 

IVC ADS Program Director:  
Aruna Patel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-355-6579
IVC Inside/Out Program Coordinator:  
Eduardo Pesqueira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-355-5708 
ICSO Inside/Out Program Coordinator:  
Gaylla A. Finnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 442-265-2511

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