Ingram State Hosts United States Congressman Barry Moore
ELMORE, Ala. – United States Representative Barry Moore visited J.F. Ingram State Technical College (ISTC) on Tuesday to discuss correctional education and reentry practices to reduce recidivism in Alabama.
“Today, I have the pleasure of touring J.F. Ingram State Technical College, Alabama’s only education provider for those serving time in correctional facilities,” said Barry Moore. “I support their mission to reduce recidivism and return responsible citizens to society and am proud to represent the college as part of Alabama’s Second District.”
Congressman Moore toured Draper Instructional Service Center in Elmore which services students from Staton Correctional Facility. While on campus, the congressman witnessed classroom instruction, spoke with students, and toured Ingram State’s high school division.
“Ingram State Technical College serves as a pathway to a successful reentry for individuals incarcerated in the Alabama prison system”, said ISTC President Annette Funderburk. “The college provides resources and education needed to develop skills essential for securing meaningful long-term employment upon release.”
Ingram State 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. Ingram State has nearly 500 employer partnerships and has placed 247 ISTC alumni in jobs in 2022.
In 2022, Ingram State became the sole career technical education provider in the state, servicing 17 correctional institutions across 20 counties. In 2023 the college expanded education services to all Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles (ABPP) sites, and is now the state’s primary educational provider for justice-involved individuals.
J.F. Ingram State Technical College is a fully accredited member of the Alabama Community College System serving incarcerated students exclusively. The College offers training in 20 career and technical programs.
Congressman Moore toured the high school program and spoke with Science Instructor Dr. Jacqueline Hall.
Ingram State is the only community college in Alabama that has its own high school division.
Congressman Moore assisted Barbering Instructor Connie Barnette with a demonstration on proper customer service during the tour.
ISTC students showed Congressman Moore the newly developed fabricated laboratory.
The modular home was constructed by carpentry, masonry, electrical, and plumbing students.
The building will be used by all construction-field programs where residential services are offered.
ISTC President Annette Funderburk introduced Congressman Moore to the first cohort of diesel mechanic students enrolled in the apprenticeship program.