Recent years have evidenced the realization that a strong relationship exists between education and the world of work. The knowledges, skills and adaptability acquired in even the most general and humanistic forms of learning contribute to economic, social and technological progress. At the same time, persons who learn a trade or other occupational skill are acquiring a background that enables them to participate more fully in the obligations of citizenship and to lead a more complete and enjoyable life. The California Department of Corrections acknowledges the need for strengthening and extending vocational training opportunities to all segments of the inmate population to assist them in preparing for living in an increasingly technical and complex society. Vocational education is one of the department's major strategies for assisting society in achieving a more effective utilization of inmate human resources. The task ahead is to help inmates qualify for job opportunities and to provide them with a means to manage occupational change through retraining and updating of skills.
Department of Corrections, "Vocational Education in The California Department of Corrections: A Descriptive Report for 1978 to 1982" (1982). California Agencies. 64.