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Building a Better Life: Implementing a Career and Technical Education Program for Incarcerated Youth

NCJ Number
Journal of Correctional Education Volume: 61 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2010
Margo DelliCarpini
Date Published
December 2010
13 pages
This article reports on the program components, professional development activities, and preliminary student outcomes after 1 full year of a county jail academic achievement program.
This article reports on the development and implementation of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program in a county jail system in New York State. The program is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which reserves a pocket of funds for individuals in county correctional institutions. This program integrated CTE skills within the existing educational programs and specifically focused on three 8 week modules of instruction. This paper reports on the program structure and the positive effect it has had on the program using a number of quantitative measures (measurable gains in terms of attendance, program completion, technology use, increased numbers of students who qualify to take the GED test, and increased passing rates on the GED). (Published Abstract)