The Integrating Education and Training (IET) in Corrections project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), is pleased to announce a series of technical assistance activities available for states and local program staff to engage in over the next two years.
This project is designed to support the development of IET programs in correctional settings. As a first step, the project is launching a virtual learning series that is open to all correctional education stakeholders and will provide an overview of IET programs, federal and state requirements, and corrections-specific considerations. Examples of IET programs in correctional settings will also be shared. The virtual learning series will begin with an orientation webinar on February 22nd from 4-5pm ET. Registration is now open.
The virtual learning series will have four additional webinars open to all stakeholders in March 2021:
- First Steps: Assessing Readiness for Developing IET Programs in Corrections
March 4, 2021 from 3-4pm ET
This webinar will describe readiness factors for developing IET programs and discuss specific considerations for correctional settings.
- IET Programs in Jails
March 11, 2021 from 2:30-4pm ET
This webinar will describe special considerations for jails and adult education programs interested in developing IET programs. The webinar will feature ideas for addressing these considerations successfully and profile jail-based IET programs that have done so.
- IET Programs in Prisons
March 19, 2021 from 1-2:30pm ET
This webinar will discuss benefits to developing IET programs in prison settings. It will also feature a panel discussion of programs that have successfully developed prison-based IET programming.
- Second Steps: Applying for the IET in Corrections Pilot
March 30, 2021 from 1-2pm ET
This webinar will support potential applicants in completing the pilot application.
Thanks Jessie for sharing this incredible project. I am excited to be working with your team on this project and encourage all of our community to learn more about IET's in the correctional setting. I hope to be sharing more in the future and encourage anyone with questions to feel free to post in our community and I am sure that Jessie or someone on the team will reply. I also hope that we can keep an ongoing discussion going on this topic and will be creating a small group for those interested.
We have been running an IET program at HCSD in Ludlow, MA for the past five years for our incarcerated men who have stepped down to a pre-release status. We have successfully partnered with Holyoke Community College to offer a 15 week program in Culinary Arts/HiSET prep. Our students are concurrently enrolled in a Saturday program where they learn hands-on culinary skills in a state-of-the-art kitchen at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. During the week, they participate in a semi contextualized HiSET program and concentrate on learning "math for chefs" and reading and writing content from the ServSafe for Managers text. By the end of the 15 week cycle, students have worked toward earning an HSE and graduate our program with an OSHA-10 card, Allergen Certificate, ServSafe Credential, Kitchen Cook Certificate and a resume that showcases the culinary skills gained in the program. The students' advisor/job coach assists with employment opportunities with our partner employers. Currently, we are the only County House of Corrections in MA that is funded by DESE to offer and IET program.
Thanks for sharing Susanne. I am curious if you have been successful placing students post release and what their retention rate has been. I also wonder if you have had any direct impact as a result of COVID19 and the closure or limiting of restaurants. Great job. Jeff A
Registration for the second webinar in the IET in Corrections project, First Steps: Assessing Readiness for Developing IET Programs in Corrections, is now open.
The IET in Corrections Orientation Session was awesome. Looking forward to learning and sharing more as this exciting project takes shape across the country. If you have any questions regarding the IET in Corrections project, please feel free to post and share. Jeff A