COE Honors ISTC 40-Year Accreditation Milestone

November 14, 2017

CEO Executive Director Dr. Gary Puckett presented members of the college leadership team with a plaque commemorating the accomplishment.

Interim president Annette Funderburk said, “COE serves as the accrediting agency for a diverse group of institutions, making it an excellent choice for ISTC. They understand we serve a truly unique student population, and they recognize the constraints associated with delivering quality education to the incarcerated.”

The award of accreditation is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Council, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers. The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.

ISTC, which celebrated 50 years of service to students in 2016, was established by the Alabama legislature to provide incarcerated students with “training in useful occupations, and to prepare them to take their place as useful citizens in our society.”

The College serves over 2,600 students annually at five locations across Alabama. In addition to 18 career technical programs, ISTC students can earn their GED or enroll in short-term non-credit training leading to industry certification.


Photo caption: Council on Occupational Education Executive Director Gary Puckett presented an award to Ingram State Technical College leaders this week commemorating the college’s 40 years of accreditation by that organization. Pictured are (from left) Dr. Puckett, Brannon Lentz, ISTC Dean of Administration; Rosie Edwards, ISTC Dean of Students; Julliana Probst, ISTC Assistant Dean of Instruction, Bill Griswold, ISTC Dean of Instruction; and ISTC interim president Annette Funderburk.