About ISTC


The vision of Ingram State Technical College is to lead the nation in providing correctional educational programs through professional services and personnel, promoting activities to reduce recidivism, increasing public safety, and sustaining fiscal accountability for the citizenry of Alabama.


The mission of Ingram State Technical College is to provide a range of occupational, educational, life skills and re-entry programs and services to incarcerated adults so as to facilitate their successful return to society as responsible citizens.


Ingram State Technical College was established by the Alabama Legislature in 1965 as J. F. Ingram State Technical Institute.  Named for Mr. John F. Ingram, a nationally known pioneer in vocational education, the College was created to train incarcerated men and women in useful occupations in preparation for a successful return to society.

Mr. Maehugh T. Duncan served as the first director of the College, which was located on the grounds of Draper Correctional Center in Elmore, Alabama.  In 1970, additional facilities were constructed adjacent to the Frank Lee Youth Center at Deatsville, approximately seven miles from the original site.

Dr. Murry C. Gregg was appointed as director in 1976, following Duncan’s retirement. In 1983, the Alabama State Board of Education renamed the College J.F. Ingram State Technical College.  The chief administrative officer became the president, enrollment increased, facilities were upgraded and additional faculty added.

In 1977, the College was accredited by the Commission on Occupational Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Today Ingram State Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), the national accrediting agency that evolved from the regional COEI.

Throughout its history, the College has achieved significant recognition as a correctional education institution.  In 1980, a United States Department of Education-funded study ranked Ingram State Technical College as one of the top 10 such programs in the country.  In 1986, another USDOE study, “Education in Correctional Settings: A Guide to Developing Quality Vocational and Adult Basic Education Programs,” named Ingram as a model.  In 1985, the College became a charter member of the National Correctional Education Consortium. In 2016 the College was selected to participate in the Second Chance Pell program, a nationwide initiative promoting postsecondary education among incarcerated adults.

In 2018, Ms. Annette Funderburk was appointed Ingram State Technical College's fourth president.  Today the College serves students from six correctional facilities across central Alabama, offering 18 career technical education programs, adult education, GED preparation and testing, special education services, life skills training and job placement assistance.