Mrs. Annette Funderburk, President
J.F. Ingram State Technical College
J.F. Ingram State Technical College is the sole correctional education provider in the State of Alabama. Since the mid-1960’s ISTC has offered adult education, career technical programming, and soft skills exclusively to incarcerated individuals in the Alabama prison system.
Majority of Alabama’s prison population will be released back into society. Ingram State prioritizes education and job training to give individuals the best opportunity for success and lower the recidivism rate in Alabama.
Today, ISTC is working to close the employment gap in Alabama by offering technical training in 20 career fields, adult education and GED preparation, and soft skills training essential for success in today’s workplace.
In 2017, Ingram established the Job Placement Division to better assist post-incarcerated graduates upon their release from prison. Job Placement Coordinators work directly with Ingram graduates to utilize community resources and their industry certification to gain meaningful employment and stability.
Ingram recently developed a five-phase process, the Alabama Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline, that focuses on the essential steps to better prepare students for a successful reentry into society: enroll, educate, engage, employ, and exit.
- Enroll – Incarcerated individuals enroll in high-wage high-demand career technical courses within 10 years from their end of sentence or parole date.
- Educate – Students learn from industry experts covering 19 training programs, including apprenticeships.
- Engage – Students gain work-based learning with Alabama Correctional Industries (ACI) at in-field related positions.
- Employ – ISTC Re-Entry team will place individual to work in-field through the ADOC Work-Release centers.
- Exit – Individuals are released from prison and ISTC Job Placement places individuals with in-field careers and provide necessary resources and tools to be successful.
Our graduates are at work across Alabama, in businesses large and small, using skills they gained at ISTC. If you are interested in learning more about the College, if you would like information on hiring an ISTC graduate, or if you would like to join our foundation, we would be delighted to hear from you.
ISTC is part of the Alabama Community College System, fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education for over 40 years. The College was established by the Alabama legislature for the sole purpose of providing job training to incarcerated students.
"J.F. Ingram State Technical College provides comprehensive educational services to incarcerated adults to reduce recidivism and return responsible citizens to society. "
Interim Dean of Administration
Ms. Rosie Edwards
Dean of Students & Student Support Services
Dr. William "Butch" Young
Dean of Instruction
Dr. Julliana Probst
Associate Dean of Instruction
Rosie Edwards, Dean of Students and Student Support Services
Hubert Griffin, IT Manager
LaShanda Hails, Pardon and Paroles Program Director
Amelia Fox, Interim Dean of Administration
Dr. Julliana Probst, Associate Dean of Instruction
Bill Powell, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Andrea Richardson, Coordinator of Human Resources
fawn Romine, Workforce Development Coordinator
Samantha Rose, Public Relations Coordinator
Rick Vest, Reentry Services Director
Sharon Walker, Director of Adult Education
Dr. William "Butch" Young, Dean of Instruction
In 2014, the majority of incarcerated adults were men born in the U.S. with a high school education or less.*
*Source: American Institutes for Research
Born in the U.S.
High School or Less
“Inmates participating in correctional education programs are 28% less likely to recidivate than those who do not.”
-Journal of Experimental Criminology, September 2018
“Spending $1 per student in correctional education saves $4 to $5 in the future for decreased recidivism.”
– Office of Justice Programs, The Nation, RAND Corp.