ERIC Number: ED164990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education and Corrections: An Assessment of Opportunities and Needs in North Carolina. Final Report.
A study was done to determine North Carolina inmates' vocational education/training needs, parolees' and ex-offenders' employment opportunities, and available vocational education/training resources. To determine vocational educational needs, a survey was conducted of inmates at seventeen correctional units (for adults and for youth). Estimates of parolee or ex-offender job opportunities were obtained by adjusting North Carolina Bureau of Employment Research employment projections, and by examining employer hiring practices and legal employment barriers. A questionnaire was developed to determine vocational education program offerings of community colleges and private trade, technical, and vocational schools. Study results showed that (1) ninety percent of inmates (sample equalled 545) indicated an interest in taking vocational courses while in prison; yet less than nine percent were enrolled in courses; (2) although automotive mechanics was the most frequently chosen option, only nine of seventy-seven prison facilities offered training in this area. Food service, chosen by only one out of nine, was the most frequently offered; and (3) most job openings were in industrial service, office, and construction occupations. Generally, employers considered the hiring of offenders as individual decisions. Study results revealed a fragmented statewide approach to vocational education for correction inmates. (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Career Choice, Correctional Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Course Content, Criminals, Delinquency, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Programs, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Job Satisfaction, Job Training, Labor Needs, Prisoners, Program Development, Statewide Planning, Surveys, Technical Education, Vocational Interests, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Experience Programs, Youth Opportunities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Conserva, Inc., Raleigh, NC.
Identifiers: North Carolina