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					Career and Technical Training ........................................................................................ 1
I. Assessments and Services ........................................................................................ 2
    A. Skills Centers ....................................................................................................... 2
    B. Other Program Needs .......................................................................................... 2
    C. Career and Technical Training Programs ............................................................. 2
II. Minimum/Community Security ................................................................................... 3
    A. Referral Process................................................................................................... 3
    B. Eligibility Criteria ................................................................................................... 4
    C. Program Completion............................................................................................. 6
III. Special Programs....................................................................................................... 6
    A. Purpose ................................................................................................................ 6
    B. Medium Security Graduates ................................................................................. 6
    C. Young Offenders .................................................................................................. 7
    D. Medium and Discharge Offenders ........................................................................ 7
    E. Apprenticeships ................................................................................................... 7
IV. Community Placement............................................................................................... 7
V. References ................................................................................................................ 7
VI. Action......................................................................................................................... 7
     Referenced Forms ..................................................................................................... 9
     Attachments ............................................................................................................... 9

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                                             ACA Standards: 2-CO-1A-21, 2-CO-5B-01, 4-4011, 4-4107, 4-4453. 4-
                                             4464, 4-4465, 4-4466, 4-4467, 4-4468, 4-4469, 4-4470, 4-4471, 4-4472,
Career and Technical Training
                                             4-4473, 4-4474, 4-4475, 4-4476, 4-4477, 4-4479, 4-4480, 4-ACRS-5A-
                                             03, 4-ACRS-5A-11, 4-ACRS-7D-04

Justin Jones, Director                                       Signature on File
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

                                      Career and Technical Training

The purpose of the career and technical education program is to allow offenders the
opportunity to learn a skill prior to returning to society. Designated staff will monitor and
analyze identified program goals and objectives to determine contribution to the
Department of Correction’s (DOC) mission at least annually. (2-CO-1A-21, 4-4107, 4-4464)

DOC identifies offenders with a vocational need for appropriate placement in a vocational
training program. The CareerTech Skills Center School System (SCSS) provides potential
students career assessment, career guidance, and assistance with the development of an
Individual Life Success Plan. (4-4474)

During the development of an Individual Life Success Plan, offenders receive career
guidance, labor market information and assistance in determining their ability to benefit
from specific programs. A comprehensive education program is available to all offenders
who are eligible including those who require special placement due to physical, mental,
emotional or learning disabilities. (4-4468)

All academic and vocational education personnel are certified by the State Department of
Education or other comparable authority (2-CO-5B-01, 4-4472) In accordance with
Oklahoma school code, all vocational education personnel will ensure the maintenance and
handling of offender records maintains the offender’s rights to privacy and confidentiality (4-
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4479). Personnel policies and practices are comparable to local jurisdictions. (4-4473)

All career and technical training programs within DOC are certified or licensed by the State
Department of Education or other recognized agency having jurisdiction (4-4470). The
career and technical training are vocational educational programs based on community
business and industry needs. (4-4467, 4-4468, 4-4469)

I.     Assessments and Services

       A.     Skills Centers

              The SCSS provides life skills and employability training for offenders enrolled
              in career/technical education programs. KeyTrain instruction and WorkKey
              assessment are utilized at many Skills Centers locations. KeyTrain tutorials
              prepare offenders to take the WorkKey assessment to secure a Career
              Readiness Credential recognized by the Oklahoma Department of
              Commerce, local Workforce Investment Boards and business/industry as a
              vital asset for securing employment. Skills Centers graduates with Career
              Readiness Credentials will qualify for broader employment opportunities.
              Transition specialists assist discharging SCSS graduates with the transition
              back to the local community. Transition specialists work with Skills Centers
              offenders before and after discharging from a correctional facility. Transition
              specialist assist with locating quality employment, housing, transportation,
              clothing and in removing potential barriers to successful reintegration.

       B.     Other Program Needs

              If an offender has other program needs, those programs should normally be
              completed prior to enrollment or conducted in conjunction with a vocational
              program. If programs must be completed after vocational training is
              completed, the case manager should indicate this on the “CareerTech
              Referral Form” (DOC 090133A, attached).

       C.     Career and Technical Training Programs

              1.      Vocational training programs are assessed every three years against
                      stated objectives by qualified individuals, professional groups and
                      trade associations. (4-4453, 4-4471)

              2.      Institutions use community resources in developing academic and
                      vocational education programs for selected offenders. (2-CO-5B-01,
                      4-4469)

              3.      Vocational training programs are integrated with academic programs
                      and are relevant to the vocational needs of offenders and to
                      employment opportunities in the community. (2-CO-5B-01, 4-4465, 4-
                      4467, 4-4468) Each program has an established standardized,
                      competency-based curriculum supported by appropriate materials and
                      classroom resources. (4-4466)
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             4.       The vocational training staff works with the appropriate DOC staff to
                      ensure programs are available at the appropriate time. (4-4011, 4-
                      4477, 4-ACRS-7D-04)

             5.       Private prison vocational/technical education programs may be
                      provided on a contractual basis. Contract requirements will detail
                      more specific vocational training standards. Instructional personnel
                      must meet or exceed state certification requirements and will hold an
                      Oklahoma Teacher’s Certificate, if applicable. DOC programs
                      administrator will be consulted by the administrator of Private Prisons,
                      Jails and Safety Administration to ensure that private prison
                      vocational/technical programs meet state operational standards for
                      vocational/technical education requirements.

II.   Minimum/Community Security

      Vocational training programs are established to prepare offenders for employment in
      a community.

      When offenders are transferred to a facility for vocational training participation, they
      will be enrolled or placed on a program waiting list if they are within 18 months of
      discharge or have a vocational training parole board stipulation and have been
      determined as vocational training eligible. If a vocational training parole stipulation
      is not feasible, the vocational training staff may coordinate with the appropriate DOC
      and/or Pardon and Parole Board staff to obtain feasible stipulation modifications.

      Offenders will be placed in vocational training programs on a priority basis which is
      based on discharge date or parole board stipulation. Upon graduation, offenders
      should be eligible for discharge or parole because they are expected to secure
      training-related, non-subsidized employment within 90 days of graduation.

      A.     Referral Process

             1.       Identifying a vocational training program need will be performed at
                      the assessment and reception center. If a need is later identified, the
                      case manager and CareerTech staff member may document such a
                      need with the same objective assessment instrument as the
                      assessment and reception center utilizes. If the offender receives
                      services from the CareerTech Assessment Center, CareerTech needs
                      and CareerTech eligibility will have been determined prior to arrival at
                      facility.

             2.       Upon arrival at a facility, the case manager will review each offender's
                      field file for program needs (4-ACRS-5A-03). If a vocational program
                      need exists, the offender will be referred to the vocational training staff
                      member for that facility to determine further eligibility for that specific
                      training program. If the vocational training program is through
                      CareerTech, the offender must be within 18 months of release.
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             3.       If the offender volunteers to participate and must transfer to another
                      facility for placement in a vocational training program, a CareerTech
                      Program referral packet containing the following information will be
                      sent to the Population Office by the case manager supervisor:

                      a.     “CareerTech Referral Form” (DOC 090133A)

                      b.     “CareerTech Priority Transfer Request” (DOC 090133B,
                             attached)

                      c.     All the forms required by OP-060204 entitled “Offender
                             Transfers”

      B.     Eligibility Criteria

             The criteria utilized in determining eligibility for the placement of offenders in
             a vocational/technical training program at minimum security will be
             continually updated in accordance with DOC classification procedures.
             Screening of eligible offenders will be initiated by use of the “CareerTech
             Referral Form” (DOC 090133A) which will be completed on each offender
             who will be eligible within 18 months. The case manager will attach a current
             “CRC” card to the “CareerTech Referral Form.”

             1.       Days Remaining

                      Only in-state parole recommendations with vocational training
                      stipulations (all work release stipulations need to be removed by the
                      parole board) will be considered for enrollment prior to being able to
                      discharge their sentence within 45 days of graduation from school.
                      The number of days may vary; however, in general, offenders must be
                      under 12 months at the time of enrollment. Any exceptions will have
                      to be approved by vocational representative.

             2.       Other Enrollment Criteria

                      a.     The offender will normally have an identified vocational need.
                             If the offender claims a particular vocational skill but is
                             otherwise eligible, the offender will be referred to the vocational
                             training staff member for evaluation of the need. If a need was
                             not determined at the assessment and reception center, but
                             the case manager and vocational training staff member later
                             determine the need for training, a vocational need will be
                             included in the offenders’ program needs. If an appropriate
                             vocational-technical education program is not available, the
                             vocational training staff member may recommend that the
                             “need” be removed.

                      b.     If an offender refuses to participate in the vocational/ technical
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                            program after being transferred from another facility for the
                            purpose of enrolling in a vocational/technical education
                            program, the offender will be returned to the sending facility or
                            sent to another facility.

                      c.    For an offender with an identified need who refuses to
                            participate, it is appropriate to review the earned credit class
                            level assignment and adjust it to Level 1 in accordance with
                            OP-060107 entitled “Systems of Incarceration”.

                      d.    Although preferred, offenders do not need to have a GED or
                            high school diploma prior to enrolling in a vocational training
                            program. Provision is made to meet the educational and
                            vocational needs of offenders, with ability to benefit, who
                            require special placement because of physical, mental,
                            emotional, or learning disabilities (4-4475).

                      e.    The offender must be a United States citizen.

                      f.    Offenders enrolled in vocational training programs will not be
                            moved while participating in a program unless the move is
                            necessitated due to behavior or security issues.

             3.       Classification/Security Assessment Factors

                      a.    If an offender has been given a confirmed start date by the
                            CareerTech Skills Center Assessment Center, the population
                            office is responsible for having the offender on-site prior to the
                            confirmed start date if space is available at that institution.

             4.       Exclusions

                      The following conditions exclude a minimum security offender from
                      enrolling in a CareerTech skills center specific program:

                      a.    Outstanding warrants or detainers

                      b.    Must not have completed a CareerTech program in the past
                            five years unless there is a need to improve or expand skills

             5.       The vocational education program allows for flexible scheduling that
                      permits offenders to enter at any time and to proceed at their own
                      pace. (4-4476)

             6.       Offenders will not be denied access to vocational/ technical training
                      solely on the basis of a disability.
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       C.    Program Completion

             1.       Each offender who satisfactorily completes an approved vocational
                      program is awarded achievement credits in accordance with the
                      “Program Completion Achievement Credits” (OP-090101, Attachment
                      D). (4-4470, 4-4480)

             2.       Apprenticeship programs and special programs are designed to
                      prepare offenders for institutional placement and/or for employment in
                      their communities when they are released. Enrollment occurs in
                      accordance with the program design that was approved for each
                      apprenticeship/special program. Offenders who are enrolled in
                      apprenticeship or special programs are awarded achievement credits.
                      (4-4470, 4-4480)

             3.       The case manager IV will ensure the required paperwork for transfer
                      to a community corrections center or halfway house placement is sent
                      to the population office ten days prior to graduation.

             4.       Eligible vocational training graduates placed at community corrections
                      centers will be placed on work release, if available.

III.   Special Programs

       A.    Purpose

             Vocational programs are established to train long-term offenders for
             institutional placement to meet facility skill needs and to prepare offenders
             who will discharge for non-subsidized employment. Special purpose
             CareerTech Skills Center education programs may be implemented to meet
             unique needs of offenders and DOC. These programs are detailed in
             Attachment A entitled “Special Programs CareerTech Skills Center”
             (attached).

       B.    Medium Security Graduates

             1.       Medium security graduates who have been trained for institutional
                      placement will be recommended for placement in training-related job
                      assignments at the institution in which they were trained or for transfer
                      to another facility in need of their respective trained skill within 30
                      days of graduation or completion of their individual service strategy.

             2.       Minimum security offenders that complete any vocational training may
                      be assigned to work center job assignments and institutional
                      placements for six months for work-site learning.
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      C.       Young Offenders

               Male offenders that have not yet reached their 22nd birthday will be identified
               for the Young Offenders Programs at WKCC and HMCC or at Mid-America
               Technology Center, Autry Technology Center and Francis Tuttle Technology
               Center if on probation or parole. Case managers at LARC will assist in
               identifying appropriate offenders based on assessments conducted by
               CareerTech staff for placement into one of the following programs at WKCC
               and HMCC: Commercial Construction Trades, Welding Fabrication, Heavy
               Equipment Operator or Machine Tool Trade.

      D.       Medium and Discharge Offenders

               The Medium-To-Discharge Program is to provide medium security offenders
               (that will discharge within one year) the opportunity to enhance their
               education and technical abilities through skills training programs and applied
               academics. This training and the after care will aid the offender in securing
               employment and becoming a productive member of society upon release.

      E.       Apprenticeships

               Registered apprenticeship is a formalized, structured training program
               combining on-the-job training and related technical instruction in which paid
               employees receive practical and technical training in a highly skilled
               occupation. Apprenticeship is industry-driven career training. Industry
               determines the skills that are essential to sustain a quality workforce.

IV.   Community Placement

      Each district supervisor will ensure offenders are made aware of available
      vocational/technical training programs and resources located in the community.
      Community case managers will have brochures, enrollment forms and catalogues of
      CareerTech programs on-hand for offender use. (4-ACRS-5A-11)

V.    References

      Policy Statements No. P-090100 entitled “Provision of Programs”

      OP-060107 entitled “Systems of Incarceration”

      OP-060204 entitled “Offender Transfers”

      OP-090101 entitled “Standards for Offender Programs”

      Oklahoma School Code (4-4479)

VI.   Action

      The deputy director/division head are responsible for compliance with this
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      procedure.

      The deputy director of Treatment and Rehabilitative Services is responsible for the
      annual review and revisions.

      Any exceptions to this procedure will require prior written approval from the director.

      This procedure is effective as indicated.

      Replaced:       Operations Memorandum No. OP-090133 entitled “Career and
                      Technical Training” dated December 27, 2006

      Distribution: Policy and Procedures Manual
                    Department Website
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Referenced Forms      Title                                            Location

DOC 090133A           “CareerTech Referral Form”                       Attached

DOC 090133B           “CareerTech Priority Transfer Request”           Attached


Attachments           Title                                            Location

Attachment D          “Program Completion Achievement Credits”         OP-090101

Attachment A          “Special Programs-CareerTech Skills Center” Attached