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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Program Services

Bureau of Workforce Development
and Distance Education

William Woolley,
Bureau Chief
(850) 410-4412
SunCom 210-4412

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The Bureau of Workforce Development and Distance Education is responsible for service in a variety of areas. Workforce Development focuses on vocational/applied technology training in 42 high labor market demand occupations, to inmates at 40 male and 4 female facilities. Besides providing job knowledge and skills, all programs have career exploration and employability skills components. The Justice Distance Learning Consortium is a five-year, $10 million, federal STARS grant that uses the latest distance learning and multimedia technology to provide educational programming to youthful/juvenile offenders. Wellness Education offers formal training in tobacco cessation, fitness safety and other learning activities that encompass five dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Job Placement and Workforce Development administrates Project ReConnect, an offender job placement program that provides pre-apprenticeship opportunities for youthful offenders. Job placement staff work with transition staff to provide a system of moving offenders from prison to the community. Corrections Distance Learning Network (CDLN) uses satellite and two-way video conferencing technologies to provide cost-effective staff development and educational programming at 48 downlink sites. Teacher Certification and In-service Training monitors and assists teachers in obtaining their Florida Department of Education teaching certificates and manages the unique education-based Master In-service Plan, designed to allow teachers to earn credits for certificate renewal.