Education Centers

The Education Centers supported by the Adult Probation Department are equipped with personal computers at each site. Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation, ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages), and Job-skills classes are taught. By providing an education continuum, the defendant's educational needs can be effectively met. Learning to speak English, to read, and receiving a GED diploma are essential to gaining permanent employment. Being literate can break the cycle of poverty, enhance self-esteem, and turn around a negative life-style associated with the majority of the probation and prison population. Maricopa County Adult Probation Department's Education Program is a community-based education program open to probationers and members of the community.

Click here for information about the Frank X. Gordon Adult Education Program.

Western Regional Center (WRC)
6655 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301

Garfield Probation Service Center
1022 East Garfield
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: 602-254-7030 ext. 240

Probation Service Center (PSC)
245 North Centennial Way
Suite 106
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 602-372-5505




Typical Probationer Characteristics

  • For Basic Education Classes and GED preparation:
    lack of high school diploma or equivalent;
    read below the sixth grade level;
    low functioning, poor employment history
  • For English and Speakers of Other Languages:
    Lack of English skills in speaking, reading, and writing

Program Characteristics

  • Classes in (ABE) and GED preparation, and (ESOL)
  • Computers, teachers, and tutors are used to teach education skills to participants
  • Touch typing and word processing
  • Education Centers located in Glendale, Phoenix and Mesa
  • Evening classes are available at all locations
  • Education assessments are given to each student

Jason Walker
Chief of Specialized Services
Contact Adult Probation

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