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MCE Vocational Education

Vocational Education is one of Montana Correctional Enterprises (MCE) programs. A variety of coursework and on-the-job training (OJT) opportunities are available to Montana inmates on both the Low Side and High Side. Following is a brief overview of the coursework and services.

The mission of MCE Vocational Education is to provide vocational and technical education opportunities, as well as related work experience. The program encourages students to discover and understand the relationship between learning, work and interpersonal relationships. The Vocational Education (Vo-Ed) Program emphasizes classroom, laboratory and work experiences that prepare the inmate student to make the transition from school to work.

Inmates assigned to Vo-Ed as a job start at $1.26 per day for each day of attendance. Participating inmates must have a high school diploma or GED, or be actively and verifiably pursuing a GED with the MSP Education Department. Students are limited to one, 3-hour morning or afternoon class per day, Monday through Friday excluding state holidays.

Certified Instructors provide training and supervision in the following areas:

  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Business Skills
  • Commercial Drivers Training
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Forklift Operators Safety
  • Heavy and Agricultural Mechanics
  • Information Processing
  • Institutional Laundry Operations/Processing
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Keyboarding
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Repair/On-the-Job Training
  • Shop Practice Safety
  • Technical Drawing
  • Welding & Machine

Montana State Prison is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) special test site where OJT workers can study and take the exam to become certified.

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