Professional Technical Education

Target:  Students assessed at or above the 6th grade level in reading or math, with a GED/HSD completion


Goals:   Provide training programs taught by certified correctional education staff resulting in industry certification, or contracted college/university staff with post-secondary competency certificates.  Curricula is approved by the Idaho State Department of Education or in accordance with industry standards that provide offenders with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to secure employment in occupations identified by the US Department of Labor and/or the Idaho Agency for Workforce Innovation to be in-demand in the State of Idaho.


  • Deliver Pre-Release, Computer Literacy, and Education/Career Planning to all students. 
    • Strategy:  Assess students to determine career readiness and soft skill needs.
    • Strategy:  Prepare offenders for successful reentry upon release based on individualized interests and post release plans


  • Increase the number of post-secondary opportunities.
    • Strategy:  Expand partnerships with institutions of high learning.
    • Strategy:  Utilize advisory committees to assist in the development and enhancement of short-term training programs.


  • Ensure appropriate education/career program placement for eligible offenders
    •   Strategy:  Students transferred to the appropriate facility based on identified career interest


Courses and certifications offered at correctional facilities in Idaho:

  • Microsoft Digital Learning
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Horticulture – Lewis-Clark State College
  • Food Handler’s Certification
  • CPR-First Aid
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Certification:
    • Core
    • Carpentry       
    • Masonry
    • HVAC
    • Electrical Wiring
    • Plumbing
    • Commercial Cleaning
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