DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (DOC)
Local 751 partners with 5 correctional facilities across the state of Alaska, where once a year we provide hands-on welding training to introduce the basic concepts of what an ironworker does. The goal is to spark interest amongst inmates who would be interested in pursuing trades training in the future.
- Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River
- Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward
- Fairbanks Correctional Center in Fairbanks
- Goose Creek Correctional Center at Point Mackenzie in Wasilla
- Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm at Point Mackenzie in Wasilla
At some facilities, the inmates can receive training in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) construction and building trades curriculum. NCCER establishes the linkage between trade schools and industry-providing students with future employment opportunities and contractors with a pool of entry-level employees. Upon completion of the core curriculum training, inmates are administered a national certification test. All the trade unions recognize the NCCER certification as the standard for entry level into apprenticeship programs.
There are multiple objectives of prison-based work industries, to include:
- preparation for handling responsibility outside of the correctional facility
- practical and functional life skills-training
- general technical skills knowledge
In the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics census of the prison population, we learn that 88% of the nation’s correctional facilities offer some kind of prison work program.