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Building a Foundation for the Future
When operating at full capacity, the Vocational Village at Handlon Correctional Facility has 165 vocational trade students, 27 vocational trade tutors and 12 building trade workers. The Vocational Village site at Parnall Correctional Facility has the capacity for 240 vocational trade students and 32 trade tutors.
Prisoners participating in Vocational Village programming are housed together one unit that acts as a therapeutic learning environment that supports their success.
By housing prisoners together who share a common goal of improving their lives through education, a positive and productive environment has been created. Housing the prisoners together offers many advantages such as the opportunity to discuss educational topics during non-class time, eating together and attending other programs and leisure time activities.
Prisoners have full days of training and classroom instruction intended to mimic a typical workday outside prison walls, and will receive state and nationally-recognized certifications in their trade.
Skilled Trades Program
Vocational Village Media Coverage
Additional Coverage on the Vocational Village
Prisoners gain opportunity in growth industry: tree trimming - The Detroit News
New program trains Michigan inmates for tree-trimming after prison - Detroit Free Press
Michigan's Vocational Village - America Working Forward
Department of Corrections breaks ground on newest Vocational Village – Michigan Radio
Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village' – Associated Press
Vocational Village skilled trades training to be offered at second state prison – Crain’s Detroit Business
Vocational Village Named Newsmaker Finalist for 2016
The Vocational Village, an innovative and first-of-its-kind program in the nation, was announced as a Newsmaker Finalist for 2016 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.