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Glenn Brooking takes helm during transformation of education programming
Glenn Brooking has been appointed Superintendent of the Office of Correctional Education (OCE), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), by CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. Mr. Brooking is the first permanent superintendent appointed to lead rehabilitative education programs for inmates since 2006.
“During these challenging budget times, we have to better leverage the resources we have to deliver rehabilitative educational services in our prisons, said Elizabeth Siggins, Chief Deputy Secretary for Adult Programs. “We are pleased to have an education leader with Superintendent Brooking’s vast expertise and capabilities to take on this responsibility. With his leadership, we are pursuing innovative approaches to serve as many offenders as possible with quality education programming despite reduced funding.”
For more than 32 years, Mr. Brooking has provided education and administration services in the public school system and for CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice. Since February 2010, Mr. Brooking has served as Acting Superintendent of OCE. For three years prior to assuming that position, Mr. Brooking was the principal of California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster, where he elevated academic learning gains by 500 percent and increased General Education Development (GED) certificates earned by students by approximately 300 percent.
“We know that education is crucial for inmates to succeed when they are released from prison and an important component of reducing recidivism,” said Superintendent Brooking. “I am committed to assuring that our new education models give offenders the best academic and vocational opportunities possible that use our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
This month, CDCR began to phase in its new, streamlined academic education models based on best practices in adult education which use a combination of classroom instruction and independent study. CDCR is increasing access to literacy, promoting GED preparation and focusing on vocational programs with current industry-certified and market-driven trades that can be completed in 12 months – programs that have been shown to reduce recidivism.
For more information on CDCR’s education programs visit: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/OCE/index.html.