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Career and Technical EducationPrisoner Education includes 13 vocational trades programs. Prisoners earn certification in their trade discipline, increasing their ability to be workplace ready upon release.
To the extent possible, each student will be transferred to a facility that best matches his or her educational needs. If the Department is unable to transfer a student to a facility offering the programming of greatest interest, the student may contact the Program Classification Director at his or her facility to explore alternative options in educational programming.
Auto Body Repair
In the Auto Body Repair program, students learn the basics of auto body restoration and repair. Students also learn the core components of shop safety, basic automotive construction, and shop skills development. Students in this program may prepare for ASE certification.
Students learn shop safety, basic automotive construction, and shop skills development. After completing the core, student move on to engine repair, brakes, electrical systems and tune-up, and engine performance. Students are required to take two Michigan certification tests and may prepare for ASE certification.
Students receive classroom and lab instruction in the basics of residential construction and carpentry. There is an emphasis on workplace safety and employability skills. Advanced students participate in projects to support Habitat for Humanity, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other non-profits. Upon completion, students may earn NCCER certification.
Students participate in keyboarding, computer literacy and Microsoft Office applications. Students may earn a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate.
Students complete introductory, intermediate, and advanced course work in Lab work includes making computer upgrades and repairs. Upon release, students may pay to take the A+ certification exam.
Custodial Maintenance Technology
Students prepare for employment as an institutional janitor or for work in a service business. Textbook instruction includes restroom care, floor care, cleaning chemicals, carpet and upholstery care, and safety and health. Students receive hands-on instruction in the use of tools and equipment, including high-speed buffers, strippers, and cleaning aids. This course offers certification in Bloodborne Pathogens through the American Red Cross.
Students complete curriculum in Direct Current (DC), Alternating Current (AC), and Semi-Conductor Technology. Supplementary subject matter includes advanced study in Digital and Microprocessor Electronics; preparation for Industrial Electronics (Robotics), Computer Repair, and A+ certification; Certified Electronics Technician exams; and other certification programs.
Food Service/Hospitality Management
Food Service and Hospitality is a growing industry. Students complete curriculum in food service operations with an emphasis in safety, sanitation, and compliance with food codes. Supplementary programs include lodging, nutrition, and catering. Students are able to earn ServSafe certification offered through the National Restaurant Association and START training offered through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Students receive instruction in greenhouse management, plant science, landscaping, fruit and vegetable gardening, and turf management. Students are able to apply their knowledge in the garden beds, planting trees and crops, and/or working in a greenhouse. Students are able to prepare for Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Applicator certification. Advanced students participate in projects to support Habitat for Humanity, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other non-profits.
Students receive classroom and application-based instruction in machine tool setup and operation. Students work on grinders, mills, lathes, saws, CNC machinery, and Computer Assisted Machines (CAM).
Opthalmic Lens Technology
Students in this program learn and practice basic optics, including lens composition, dispensing, and finishing. Students also learn how to provide basic repair and maintenance services for various optical equipment.
Visual Graphic Technology
Students learn print layout using software program including Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop. Curriculum includes instruction on requirements for business cards, letterheads, forms, brochures, catalogs, ads, and flyers. Students also use mass production equipment such as digital duplicators, offset presses, and binding/finishing equipment.
Students in this program practice Oxyacetylene safety welding, brazing, cutting, TIG and MIG, and welding-plasma arc cutting
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