The Feather River College's Incarcerated Student Program is delivered mostly through the mail. However, we do our utmost to replicate an on-campus college experience. We pride ourselves on offering a correspondence program that provides “an education with a human touch.” We believe that college is more than gaining knowledge through your individual studies, books and assignments. Key to being a college student is taking part in critical discussions with learning communities of one’s peers. You are, therefore, registered as part of a cohort, a group of students at your institution taking the same classes in the same sequence, to increase the opportunity of learning from each other as you make your way towards your Associate in Arts degree. At the end of six semesters of full time study your cohort will take part in a formal graduation ceremony.
From time to time, a group of instructors will volunteer their time and visit the correctional center to become acquainted, answer questions, offer instruction, and tutor their incarcerated students. ISP staff often go along on those visits to help with administration issues. We believe that face-to-face contact with your instructors and the ISP staff is important for supplemental learning.
When the ISP program was established in 2007, we had 65 students. Now we are educating over 600.