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Preparation for Tomorrow's Jobs -- Experimental Curricula

NCJ Number
Journal of Correctional Education Volume: 40 Issue: 2 Dated: (June 1989) Pages: 60-63
S G McCollum
Date Published
4 pages
This article details the results of experimental training programs for high-tech and semi-skilled jobs funded since 1982 by Federal Prison Industries.
Also known as "Project $3 Million," the Federal model prison education program was designed to stimulate new occupational training concepts. Approximately 30 proposals were received each year from 1982 through 1988 and many proposed training Federal prisoners for jobs never before addressed in prisons. Job training categories included wastewater treatment, commercial landscaping and horticulture, computer-assisted drafting, diesel technology, and pest control. After two years of operation, the program guidelines were revised and opened up for proposals for training in semi-skilled jobs such as building maintenance, clerical and office support, barbering and cosmetology, and culinary arts. The search for appropriate teachers and curricula resulted in collaboration between local Federal prisons and community colleges and vocational schools.