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 United States. To date, more than 300 individuals have received a NCYF Community High School Diploma. 

Programsort descending Description
ABE/ASE General Population

ABE/ASE general population education programs are for adult students who need to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma or brush up on basic skills regardless of their diploma status. 

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. 


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. 

High School

NDCS operates its own school district with a high school. Students of all ages may attend high school classes. Individuals under 18 who have not graduated from high school are required to be in school. Students can earn a high school diploma. 

Job Skills & Readiness

This program teaches communication skills for relationship building, which provides greater ability to obtain employment.