Academic/Vocational Education

Education provides the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes to make offenders literate. Education programs also prepare offenders for meaningful and satisfying roles as working and contributing members of society.

Academic education prepares offenders:

  • to read, write and compute.
  • to pass the GED Test.
  • to acquire survival skills.
  • to provide social education.

Vocational education prepares offenders:

  • for employment with job skills training.
  • to increase productivity while working in prison jobs and in employment in the community upon release.
  • by increasing their sense of accomplishment and ability.

Criteria for Participation
Academic and vocational education is mainly offered to medium custody offenders. However, offenders in close of minimum custody are afforded participation in education programs as appropriate.

Prison case managers recommend offenders for participation in educational programs. Prison managers must review and approve the recommendation.

Offenders are recommended for participation based on interests, abilities, needs and whether the time remaining in their sentence allows completion of the program.

Program Operation
Academic and vocational education are offered on a full time basis at large youth institutions and large adult institutions. Some large correctional centers also provide education on a full time basis. Educational programs are offered mostly on a part time basis at small adult and youth correctional centers. Adult basic education is the primary education program available for offenders.

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