Admission to Ingram State Technical College (ISTC) is open to incarcerated men and women who are in its geographical jurisdiction as prescribed by the Alabama State Board of Education. The objective of Student Services is to assist students in formulating and achieving their career, educational and personal goals.
Generally, an applicant must be at least 16 years of age. Although high school graduation or the General Education Development certificate (GED) is preferred, non-graduates may be enrolled in some occupational courses under the Ability to Benefit Criteria:
•    Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age.
•    Applicants must be recommended by their correctional facility's job board.
•    Applicants must achieve the entry level score that the placement exam requires. Students scoring below the required entry level score can enroll in college preparatory classes.
Policy number 718.01 of the State Board Policy Manual for the Two Year Postsecondary System contains specific guidelines for correctional education.

Admissions By Type Of Formal Award

Associate and Applied Technology Degree Program

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Applicants who hold a diploma issued by a regionally and/or state accredited high school are eligible for admission
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the GED are eligible for admission
  • Students will be admitted to degree programs at the beginning of each semester

Note: Applicants must ideally achieve a satisfactory score from the required institutional test

Certificate Programs

  • Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age.
  • Applicants must be recommended by their correctional facility job board.
  • Applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on the required institutional test.
  • Applicants who do not achieve a satisfactory score for admissions may be allowed to enroll after being approved by the Dean of Students and Student Support Services or the Admissions Coordinator.
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements may appeal to the institutional educational planning committee at their facility. This committee may make recommendations to the administration for a waiver.

Note: Applicants for admission to certificate and other programs not creditable toward an associate degree, may be admitted without a high school diploma or the equivalent if they meet all of the above criteria

Readmission of Prior Students

  • Students who have been out of school for one semester or more must meet the current requirements for entry into programs.

Registration Process

  • Pre registration is initiated three weeks prior to official registration for all returning students who were registered the previous semester.
  • Registration is generally a three-day process for all new students. On site registration takes place at each campus. Schedules are printed and distributed to each student. During this process, students who missed the pre admission and pre registration deadlines use this time to complete the admissions and registration processes

Testing and Assessment

The ISTC Student Success Center is committed to creating a positive atmosphere where students feel comfortable and confident that they will receive services in a professional manner and in a relaxed environment. Most testing is done by established schedules, however walk-ins will be served as can be accommodated. 

The following exams are offered: 

  • ACT WorkKeys 
  • CAPS
  • GED 

For more information about each exam click on the title or you may contact the Testing Center at 334.514.4058 or email