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Vocational Education Opportunities for Male Inmates

Agri-Business/Horticulture

1750 hours

Specialized classroom and field experiences involve the planting, nurturing and harvesting of produce.  Horticulture students will be trained in the fruit and nut orchards on the grounds at Parchman in  landscaping, house plants and flowers.  They will be trained in the application of chemicals for fertilization and pesticide control and plant starter work. 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the horticulture (farming, florists that handle shrubbery or vegetable greenhouses) with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this occupation.

 

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

1200 hours

This program is designed to teach students a marketable skill in air conditioning and refrigeration that will prepare them to have the necessary knowledge and capability to work in the air conditioning/refrigeration service areas.

As a result of specialized classroom instruction and hands-on lab training, the student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of refrigeration by completing a written and oral exam with 75% accuracy; state the principles of heat in refrigeration; demonstrate compressor operation and application as observed by the instructor; list the principles of heating and cooling with 85% accuracy; install residential and small commercial equipment; and list the applications and operating principles of the heat pump.  Also, as a result of completing a blueprint reading course, the student will be able to successfully read blueprints and demonstrate their applications.

 

Auto Body and Fender Repair

1600 hours

Students will learn the theory and shop work in the straightening of bodies and fender; the alignment of bodies; the proper use and care of the tools and equipment used in the industry; how to install various types of glass; to make up and install upholstery and to disassemble and reassemble auto bodies.  They will learn the skill of painting, the theory and art of paints, and mixing of colors on the automobiles.  They will also learn the technique of electric and gas welding, the skills of using the various materials on the market, the theory of operating and owning a shop, and the maintenance of shop tools and equipment.

Upon successful completion of the auto body and fender course, the student should be able to enter this field with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this occupation.

 

Auto Mechanics

1860 hours

Learning experiences concerned with the components of the vehicle, including engine, power transmission, steering, brakes and electric system are taught.  Included is training in the use of diagnostic and testing equipment and tools used in the repair process.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the auto mechanics occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this field.

 

Carpentry

1750 hours

Classroom and shop experiences involve layout fabrication, assembly, installation, and repair of structural units.  Emphasized in instruction is the care and use of hand and power tools, equipment and materials; common systems of frame construction and the principles involved; and drafting, blueprint reading, applied mathematics, and material estimating.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the carpentry occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in the carpentry field.

 

Communications Systems Installer

1200 hours

As a result of specialized classroom instruction and hands-on lab training, the student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of electronics by completing a written and oral exam with 75% accuracy; state the theories of radio and television servicing; successfully complete the solder connections; accurately identify electronic components by completing a written and oral exam with 85% accuracy; effectively identify color coded resistors as demonstrated by completing a written exam with 90% accuracy; and demonstrate their ability to read schematics by completing an oral exam with 85% accuracy; and properly diagnose and trouble-shoot TV chassis, using vole meter and signal generator.

This program is designed to teach students a marketable skill in radio & television service that will prepare them to have the necessary knowledge and capability to work in the radio & television service areas.

 

Cooking and Baking

1600 hours

Specialized classroom and practical work experiences are concerned with the preparation and cooking of a variety of foods.  Included is a study of the use and care of equipment; food standards such as the selection and preparation of food and the determination of size of servings; sanitation procedures, including food handling; cooking methods such as broiling and steaming; and the preparation of special dishes such as soups, salads, garnishes, soufflés, and meringues.  Although the pupil qualifies as an all-around worker, he may, depending on the size of the establishment, specialize in the preparation of specific types of foods, e.g., vegetables, meats, or sauces.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the cook/chef occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this occupation.

 

Diesel Mechanics

1260 hours

Classroom and shop experiences are concerned with all phases of repair work on diesel engines used to power buses, ships, trucks, railroad trains, electrical generators, construction machinery, and similar equipment.  Instruction and practice is provided in diagnosis of malfunction; disassembly of engines and examination of parts; reconditioning and replacement of parts; repair and adjustment of fuel injection systems, oil and water pumps, generators, governors, auxiliary and accompanying power units, controls, and transmissions.  The use of technical manuals of a variety of hand and power tools, and of testing and diagnostic equipment is also studied.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the diesel mechanic occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this field.

 

Industrial Electricity

1620 hours

Classroom and shop experiences concerned with the layout, assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical fixtures, apparatus and wiring used in electrical systems.  Instruction is provided in the reading, interpretation, and industrial wiring based on controlling electrical codes. 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the electrical occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this field.

 

Outboard Engine Repair

1200 hours

As a result of specialized instruction and hands-on lab training, the student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of transmission repair by completing an oral and written exam with 85% accuracy; list the major components of outdrives; accurately state the fundamental operation of boats; list the major components of an engine cooling system; demonstrate the lubrication of inboard and outboard engines; list the components of a boat trailer; list the fundamentals of safety as they relate to boat operations and engine repair; and effectively complete a major tune-up of inboard and outboard engines.

This program is designed to teach students a marketable skill in marine maintenance that will prepare them to have the necessary knowledge and capability to work in the marine maintenance service areas.

 

Plumbing and Pipefitting

1675 hours

Specialized classroom and shop experiences are concerned with layout, assembly, installing, altering and repairing piping systems, including related fixtures and fittings in structures by use of pipe-cutting, bending and threading tools; welding, soldering and brazing equipment; and other hand and power tools and equipment.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the plumbing and pipefitting occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this field.

 

Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Repair

1860 hours

Learning experiences concerned with the components of the vehicle, including engine, power transmission, steering, brakes and electric system are taught.  Included is training in the use of diagnostic and testing equipment and tools used in the repair process.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the auto mechanics occupation with reasonable assurance that he will be able to succeed in this field.

 

Welding Technology

1550 hours

Specialized classroom and shop experiences are concerned with all types of metal welding, brazing, and flame cutting.  Instruction emphasizes properties of metals, blueprint reading, electrical principles, welding symbols, and mechanical drawings.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to enter the welding and cutting occupation with reasonable assurances that he will be able to succeed in this occupation.​