Education Services work to improve and increase opportunities to earn degrees and state/national certifications. Partnerships with higher education institutions provide an array of opportunities for offenders to earn a living wage upon release.
The following are some postsecondary opportunities offered to offenders in state-run prisons:
- Sampson Correctional Institution - Offers a 2-year degree program in liberal arts in partnership with Campbell University;
- Albemarle Correctional Institution - Offers a 2-year degree program in associate applied science in HVAC in partnership with Stanly Community College;
- Nash Correctional Institution - Offers a 4-year degree program in pastoral care in partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary;
- North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women - Offers a 4-year degree program in business administration in partnership with The College at Southeastern, as well as a national certification in personal fitness training through Shaw University;
- Piedmont Correctional Institution and Anson Correctional Institution - Offer a LEED (Leadership Environmental Energy Design) certification from the United States Green Council in partnership with Guilford College;
- Dan River Prison Work Farm and Anson Correctional Institution - Offer a peer support specialist 40-hour certification in partnership with Guilford College;
- Pamlico Correctional Institution - Offers a 2-year degree program in human service technology in partnership with Pamlico Community College;
- Western Correctional Institution for Women - Offers 36 hours of college transferable credit courses in human resource development in partnership with Warren Wilson College;
- Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution - Offers 66 hours of college transferable credit courses in entrepreneurship in partnership with UNC-Asheville.
Most facilities also offer correspondence courses for self-directed learning for offenders in partnership with UNC-Chapel-Hill.