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 inmates 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.

To accomplish our goal of providing vocational professional-technical courses and programs for all eligible inmates, 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 former inmates.  (For more information, click on “Employing Former Inmates.”)

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

  • Auto CAD
  • Administrative Services
  • Horticulture
  • Electrical Wiring I and II
  • Electronic Systems Technician I and II
  • Drywall
  • Carpentry
  • Cabinet Making
  • Masonry I and II 
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core

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

  • Cabinetry and Furniture Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance
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