More than 1,400 MO Prisoners Enroll in Career and Technical Training Annually

More than 1,400 Missouri prisoners enroll in career and technical training annually. During a Missouri House Budget Committee hearing this week, Trevor Foley with the state Department of Corrections, says nearly 1,600 professional certifications were issued to offenders in fiscal year 2020.

“We have cooperative agreements already signed with over 350 employers to hire our offenders upon release when they’ve completed our program,” says Foley. “We do offer some training programs and certifications within the trades.”

Foley says the prison system has a great placement rate for its truck driving, welding simulator, and culinary programs.