FSA – Vocational Training 2022

Learn more, as this is part of The First Step Act

Program Description is taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide,  1/2022 The Bureau’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program falls under three broad categories: 1) Apprenticeship Training, 2) Certification Course Training, and 3) Vocational Training.

Vocational Training: Marketable training that provides specific entry-level or advanced job skills and certification that is instructor-led with hands-on skill building, as well as, live-work projects. A variety of skilled trades are offered including building trades, welding, heating ventilation and refrigeration (HVAC), highway construction, and wind-turbine technology.

Generally, these programs require inmates to have completed the high school equivalency, but concurrent enrollment is sometimes possible. Each individual program is designed to enhance post-release employment opportunities by providing inmates with the ability to obtain marketable, in-demand employment skills. Most programs follow a competency-based curriculum, which teaches specific job skills and leads to a recognized credential, certificate, or degree.

It should be noted that some programs offer “exploratory courses,” which allow inmates to explore a possible program before making a long-term commitment.

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 125 hours.
Needs Addressed Work
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, Vocational Training must be delivered by Education and Federal Prison Industries staff. This program may also be delivered by a qualified volunteer or contractor.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.