Desert Edge School awarded WASC accreditation
Desert Edge School, part of the Riverside County Office of Education’s Student Programs and Services Division, Alternative Education Unit, has recently been informed that they have been granted their initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) running through June 30, 2015.
Serving over 2,000 adult student inmates each year in five Riverside County jails, Desert Edge School offers classroom, occupational and independent study programs. Classes include credit recovery, GED preparation, and distance learning assistance, life skills, job readiness, substance abuse education, and a number of enrichment topics. Occupational offerings include digital technology, construction technology, culinary arts, and computer information systems.
As the school moves forward with the self study required to be a WASC-accredited post-secondary institution, great enthusiastic expectations are a part of each person involved, the 20 staff members and all of their professional colleagues.
Together they thoughtfully crafted a goal for Desert Edge School, "To be the model of best practices for criminal rehabilitation education programs among jails and prisons. It is our intent that 100% of the completers of our programs successfully reenter society."
Desert Edge School and RCOE would like to express appreciation to their principle partner in this endeavor, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and to all of the other agencies and individuals who lend their support to education of adult inmates in Riverside County.
For information contact:
Rick Peoples, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (951) 826-6642
Fax: (951) 826-6199