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Inside/Out College Program


A Community College Program Offered through Imperial Valley College and the Imperial County Sheriff's Office


The Inside/Out College Program offers courses in the Addiction Disorder Studies Program at the Imperial County Sheriff's Office in the Villalobos Classroom, located in the Sheriff's Services Center at 328 Applestill Road in El Centro.

The Inside/Out College Program is designed to provide higher educational opportunities for "inside" (incarcerated) and "outside" (campus) students which explore critical sociological issues through individual and group activities, assignments, and projects.  The program is modeled after The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program developed and designed by Lori Pompa of Temple University in 1997, which brings college students and incarcerated individuals together as peers in a classroom setting that emphasizes dialogue and critical thinking.

Program Requirements

Courses are limited to 30 students, 15 "Inside" students (students incarcerated at the Imperial County Jail) and 15 "Outside" students (IVC campus students).  Students are required to register for the classes through IVC and pay the required enrollment and student fees. All outside students must submit a background clearance application and be approved for admission into the program by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.

Inside students will be selected for participation based upon eligibility requirements established by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.  Outside students will be selected in accordance with the IVC open-enrollment policy.  All students, inside and out, will be required to attend an orientation regarding the program rules of conduct during the first week of class.  Strict adherence to the rules of conduct will be required of all students. 

A Background Check is necessary to complete the registration process.

Download Application Form

 Send completed application to Jovan Rodriguez at

Inside/Out Fall 2024 Course – ADS 251 CRN 11215 Thursdays 1:00pm – 4:10pm Location: Imperial County Sheriff’s Office

For More Information Contact: 

IVC ADS Program Director:  
Aruna Patel at or 760-355-6579

Inside/Out Coordinator
Jovan Rodriguez at or 760-355-6258

Celebrating 9th year of success for inside/out program