The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) has embarked on a series of studies to better understand how the real-world application of core academics and the alignment of secondary and postsecondary educational programs can better prepare all students for college and career success.
Nearly 2.3 million adults are incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails. Incarcerated adults are, on average, less educated than the general population. They also often lack job skills and a steady employment history, combined with the stigma of their felony convictions, creates significant barriers to reentering the labor market when they are released. Providing incarcerated adults with education and training programs not only improves their chances of obtaining a job after release but also lowers their recidivism rates. This report is designed to document information currently available on programs that prepare individuals for nondegree credentials in adult corrections facilities and provides a research agenda for future studies.