Vocational Villages have been created with the goal of providing a positive learning experience for adults in custody who are serious about completing career and technical education.
To promote an atmosphere of learning, students enrolled in Career and Technical Education are housed in a common unit together with Pell Grant college enrollees. By housing these individuals who share the common goal of improving their lives through education together, we create a more positive, productive environment that promotes cooperative discussions, study sessions and leisure time activities. At full capacity, MDOC’s two Vocational Villages can accommodate 270 vocational trade students, 68 vocational trade tutors, 12 building trade tutors, and 185 Pell Grant students, totaling 535 adults in custody. 66% of students that have paroled out of this program recently have successfully found meaningful employment in their chosen field.