Saturday, June 24, 2017

CDCR recognizes Northern California Construction Training Graduates

Secretary Scott Kernan attends Northern California
 Construction Training Graduation

Sacramento – Secretary Scott Kernan attended the 2017 Northern California Construction Training program in Rancho Cordova to help recognize 150 program graduates preparing for careers in the building industry.

“This milestone is quite significant for the graduates – your families and friends. For up to 12 months, you have worked very hard and dedicated many hours to master technical and other skills that will prepare you for a better future.

“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

Established in November 1993, Northern CaliforniaConstruction Training, Inc. is a building trade pre-apprenticeship training program that helps prepare men and women for entry into various construction apprenticeship programs.

The training program is open to anyone. However, through a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, dozens of the graduates are former prison inmates.

“Our partnership with CDCR has been rewarding for both of us and has helped bridged the gap between incarceration and productive members of the communities,” President Bill Meehan of Northern California Training and Construction said.

“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

The program provides students with an opportunity to gain construction skills and build a successful career.

“Northern California Construction Training program gives people hope for a better future,” said Dave Gordon, Superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education.

During his remarks, he highlighted several graduates for their academic success, and recognized Sacramento County Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale for the collaboration with his department that has contributed to significant program expansions.

Left to right Dave Gordon, Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of 

Education, William (Bill) Meehan, President, Northern California 
Construction and Training, and Scott Kernan, Secretary, 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The program may take between six and 12 months to complete, with instruction delivered by credentialed teacher-trainers who are experienced in the construction field.

During the program, students receive unpaid training in the classroom as well as hands-on building experience in construction trades and work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter. 

Students receive hands-on building experience in construction trades and 
work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter.

During the program, students also learn how to use the skills and training they learned in the program to build small houses to provide transitional housing for homeless, or by contributing to a single-family home construction project in Oak Park.

Students with the Northern California Construction Training program 
contribute to a home construction project in Oak Park

When students successfully complete the training program, they are offered an opportunity to join the construction trades apprenticeship training program.

Many potential construction workers are not aware of the career opportunities available to them.

Northern California Construction Training provides classroom and
fieldwork experience to prepare graduates for a rewarding career.

This is especially true for women and diverse communities. The program was designed to make well-paying careers in construction available to anyone with the desire to complete the program and participate in apprenticeship training.

Northern California Construction Training has served thousands of students in adult programs, in-custody jail program, juvenile/youth programs, probation/parolee programs and ROP high school program.

The program and curriculum were approved by Sacramento County Office of Education.

“This is an opportunity to get a career and totally change my life. 
That’s what NCCT has meant for me,” Brooks said.

During the event, Jotham Brooks received more than a certificate program completion – he also received keys to a truck which program staff helped him secure as he moves from homelessness to a successful career.

Each year, NCCT receives a donated vehicle, repairs and registers it, and awards it to a deserving graduate.

The following is a video taken moments after Jotham received his new vehicle.

Construction Management Technologies, and
pre-apprenticeship training program will qualify graduates
to join construction trade union.

Nearly 85% of this year’s graduates have been placed in
construction trade jobs. In addition, 17 students have earned
their high school equivalency (GED or HiSet) certificates.

More than 150 graduates will transition into
professional construction trade careers.

For additional information concerning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CDCR Is Hiring Academic Teachers, Library Staff, and Career Technical Instructors!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is hiring for specific classifications in correctional education. These rewarding jobs will provide learning and training opportunities to inmates within each prison to help with the rehabilitation of inmates and prepare them to successfully transition back into the community.

The Office of Correctional Education (OCE) is part of CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs. The OCE offers various academic and education programs at each of California’s adult state prisons and has career opportunities that include carpenters, cosmetologists, librarians, including credentialed academic teachers.

The OCE staff makes a difference by helping inmate students learn new skills and trades. Education is an important feature to rehabilitation and public safety.

A brief description and minimum qualifications for each position is listed below:

Academic Teachers
The OCE is seeking credentialed teachers to prepare adult inmates for high school equivalency or diploma. Be a part of CDCR’s effort to improve public safety by preparing inmates for successful community reentry.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess a current California Teaching Credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Accepted credentials include single subject, multiple subject, standard secondary with a major or minor in an academic subject area, standard elementary or general secondary. Emergency credentials are not accepted.

CTE Instructors
The OCE is expanding programming for vocational trades and need Career Technical Education (CTE) Instructors to provide hands-on skill development and training opportunities for inmate students. The CTE programs include Auto Body and Repair, Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electrical Works, Electronics, Machine Shop, Masonry, Office Services, Painting (industrial), Plumbing, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Roofing, Sheet Metal Work, Small Engine Repair, and Welding. OCE Instructors utilize their master skill level knowledge to motivate, prepare and train offenders for employment and career success.

Minimum Qualifications: Five years of trade-specific journeyman work experience; 48 semester units of post-secondary vocational training related to a trade may be substituted for a maximum of two years of work experience. Applicants must possess or acquire a CTE credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to employment with CDCR.

Read more about CTE teaching credentials:

Library Staff
The OCE is expanding programming and need Senior Librarians, Librarians and Library Technical Assistants to provide offenders with legal resources, recreation and educational materials. Library services offer an extensive collection of recreational fiction and non-fiction books including high-interest books, self-help and periodicals. Librarians provide legal research materials as required by the courts and rehabilitative support services that contain reference reading materials, periodicals, encyclopedias and materials to support academic, career technical and college programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Library Technical Assistant should have an associate of arts degree in library science or two years of library experience. Librarian needs a bachelor’s degree plus one year in library science master’s degree program. Senior Librarian needs a bachelor’s degree plus one year in library science master’s degree program and two years of CDCR Librarian experience (or three years of non-CDCR Librarian experience).

CDCR’s benefits package includes health, dental and vision plans, CALPERS retirement and avenues for salary advancement.

Read more about safety while working in a correctional setting:

How to apply
For placement on CDCR’s employment list for Academic Teachers, CTE Instructors or Library Staff, go to

You can view the various positions by clicking the orange tab labeled “Choose an Education Career Bulletin.” Choose an area of interest depending on your preferences. To apply for a position complete the state application (STD. 678) and the specific “Qualification Assessment” for the position. The state application can be found at  

Print both documents and make sure to sign the application toward the bottom of the first page. Scan the documents and email to

For more information about CDCR, please contact the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.