Vocational Professional-Technical Education

Female offender participating in the welding program

Vocational professional-technical education programs of the Robert Janss School, Idaho Department of Correction, are intended to provide offenders with the skills needed to obtain employment.  These skill sets include both “soft” skills (now termed “essential” skills); practical, hands-on training in selected skilled trades; and Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-apprenticeships.  Vocational professional-technical courses are offered at all IDOC facilities, except Idaho Maximum Security Institution, and at the Idaho Correctional Center.

To accomplish our goal of providing vocational professional-technical courses and programs for all eligible offenders, a number of agencies partner with the Idaho Department of Correction.  In addition, IDOC works with the Idaho Department of Labor to inform employers of the benefits of hiring ex-offenders.  (For more information, click on “Employing Ex-Offenders.”)

These programs and courses are offered at various correctional facilities in Idaho:

  • Workforce Readiness (offered at all facilities)
  • Advanced Software Applications
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core
  • NCCER Carpentry, Masonry, HVAC, Electrical Wiring, Plumbing
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts
  • Machine Shop Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Welding
  • Cleaning Management Institute Commercial Cleaning
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Brochure)
  • Office Occupations

 Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships are offered in these trades:

  • Cabinetry and Furniture Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Custodial Technician
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