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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Education and Job Training
Bureau of Applied Technology and Distance Education

William M. Woolley
Bureau Chief
(850) 410-4423
SunCom 210-4423
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The Bureau of Applied Technology and Distance Education is responsible for the delivery of 163 vocational programs to 43 major correctional institutions and one community correctional center for job skills development. These programs represent occupations for which there is a demonstrable demand in the economy of Florida and range from commercial foods to water plant operations to carpentry. Emphasis is placed on the inmates' ability to work as a team member, think critically, and develop marketable skills. The bureau is also responsible for distance education and the Corrections Distance Learning Network; wellness education; teacher certification and in-service training; placement and transition through Project Re-Connect; and program and instructional development.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • The department, in conjunction with correctional systems in Texas and New York, was awarded a $10 million STAR SCHOOLS grant. The five-year grant is intended to bring educational opportunities to youthful offenders (ranging in age from 10-25) via distance learning and multimedia technologies.
    Contact: Donna Gabrielle, Instructional Technology Administrator, (850) 410-4081 SunCom 210-4081
  • Certificates
    * "Other DC" includes awards from community correctional centers; work, forestry and boot camps; and road prisons. ** "Non-DC" includes awards from contract drug facilities, counties and other states.
  • Awarded 2,551 vocational certificates during FY 1997-98. Served 7,280 inmates during this period;
  • Distributed $584,661 in Perkins Applied Technology Grant funds from the Department of Education to supplement state funds of local programs at 42 institutions;
  • Implemented new auto electronics programs at Dade CI in partnership with the University of South Florida's Center for Automotive Emphasis and offered 13 new vocational programs statewide, reducing inmate idleness, and;
  • Developed a comprehensive vocational catalog with current course code numbers, program locations, institutions and programs, procedure lengths and basic skills levels for each program.

CE Participation

** "Enrollments" include inmates enrolled as of 7/1/97 and new enrollments through 6/30/98.

** "Completions" and "Other Exits" are from 7/1/97 through 6/30/98.

*** Inmates who participated in both academic and vocational courses get counted for participation in each program.

"Number of Courses" and "Number of Inmates" is different for vocational counts because inmates may be enrolled in more than one vocational program during the year. "Completions" are defined as a CMP code on the DC32 screen for Mandatory Literacy Program (MLP) participants; and as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate for Adult Education (ADED) participants; and as a vocational certificate for vocational program participants. "Other Exits" are defined as any exit code on the DC32 screen except for ATT (attained), CXS (completed except for scores) and CMP (completion).