Advancing Equitable Access to Career Technical Education Programing in Illinois Correctional Facilities

Green, blue, orange stacked hexagonal design in lower left corner with the image of the author, a black woman in the center and the text Janelle Washington

Access barriers to Career Technical Education (CTE) are often mutli-facted and interconnected. This white paper provides an in-depth examination of the existing state of the CTE programs offered in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) facilities and provides an overview of current policies, procedures and data collection practices on CTE programming. The resource also examined barriers that impede access to CTE education for Black individuals in IDOC and provides recommendations to advance equitable access to CTE programming for all individuals incarcerated in correctional facilities.

This research was produced by Janelle Washington, alumni of the inaugural cohort of The Postsecondary State Career Technical Education Leaders Fellowship at Advance CTE - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation and conducted as part of a real-world capstone project.


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July 2023
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