Prison Education Beyond GED and ESL -- Advanced Occupational Training

By George Hook

The BOP Central Office Division of Industries, Education, and Vocational Training has published an Occupational Training Programs Directory which sets forth its program offerings to federal prisoners in the Advanced Occupational Training category.  The stated purpose of these programs is to afford prisoners interested in furthering their employability upon release the opportunity to do so by enrolling in the various vocational courses offered.  Included are exploratory, marketable skill, and apprenticeship level courses. According to that Directory, 81 more or less distinct courses in the Advanced Occupational Training category are offered.  These Advanced Occupational Training courses range in duration from two days to 48 months. The typical duration is 12 months.

The courses offered in the Advanced Occupational Training category are Accounting Operations, Administrative Assistant, Advanced Computer Applications, Advanced Diesel Engine Repair, Alcohol Substance Abuse Studies, Animal Husbandry, Aquaculture, Automotive Diagnostics Repair, AutoCAD, Automated Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Basic Baking, Basic Computer Applications, Basic Computer Repair and Refurbishing, Basic Computer Skills, Basic Custodial Maintenance, Basic Diesel Engine Repair, Bookkeeping and Clerical Studies, Business Foundations, Building Maintenance—Electrical, Business Management and Law, Business Supervision and Management, Building Trades, Business Accounting, Automotive Service, Bookbinding, Business Administration, Business and Information Processing, Business Leadership, Business Technology, Canine Trainer, Computer Applications, Computer Business Education, Commercial Drivers License, Computerized Engraving, Computer Refurbishing—Hardware, Computer Refurbishing—Software, Construction Technology, Consumer Electronic Repair,  Copy Repair, Cosmetology, Cosmetology Instructor, Culinary Arts, Customer Service, Data Entry Operations, Drafting, Electronics Tester, Environmental Technician--Waste Water Management, Electrical Principles, Electrical Residential Wiring, General Office Clerk, Hazardous Materials Handling, Horticulture Nursery Worker, Horticulture Specialty Worker, Horticulture Worker, HVAC, Information Management, Information Processing-- Microsoft Office, Industrial Maintenance—Sanitation, Industrial Sewing, Janitorial, Keyboarding, Landscape Management Technician, Major Appliance Repair, Management Studies, Manufacturing, Marketing, Masonry, Medical Insurance, Medical Office Clerk, Medical Transcription, Microcomputer Applications, Multi-Trades, Office Systems Technology, Personal Fitness Trainer, Plastics, Plumbing, Quality Control Technician, Quality & Productivity Basic and Advanced, Retailing, Sales & Marketing, Small Business Management, Soldering, Supervisory Management, Telecommunications—Fibre Optics, and Welding.  Make your selection from among these and go to the Directory to determine where your course of study is offered.

Although the Introduction to the BOP Occupational Training Programs Directory states that the Directory is updated annually, the date on the cover of the only Directory available currently is September, 2006, as you will see when you access the link to it by clicking on the underlined Directory in the preceding paragraph.  Therefore, caution should be exercised as to any initial designation or transfer determination based on what is stated therein.  Best contact the Education Administrator in DC to confirm where such courses are being given.  Best then to take one more step and confirm with the Education Administrator at the federal prison facilities the DC Education Administrator has indicated currently have such courses.