The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) established the Career Technical Education
(CTE) program in 2007 to provide offenders with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in
real world training. CTE programs are funded entirely by the sale of CALPIA products and services.
The pre-apprentice Carpentry program is a partnership between the California Prison Industry
Authority (CALPIA), the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, the Construction and
General Laborers Local 185, and the Iron Workers Local 118. The program teaches construction
skills to offenders so they can successfully obtain employment upon parole.
The Carpentry program can lead to jobs with construction companies that employ organized labor
in various skill sets including concrete pouring, framing, drywall, taping and texturing, painting,
roofing, and finished carpentry.
After completion of training, paroling offenders are eligible for placement in a full-scale
apprenticeship program. CALPIA pays the initial union dues and provides a full complement of
tools to offenders who complete the program.
- Career Tech Ironworker: Core-Classroom Curriculum
- Career Tech Ironworker: Horizontal Welding
- Career Tech Ironworker: Vertical Welding
- Career Tech Ironworker: Overhead Welding
- Career Tech Ironworker: Pipe Welding
- Career Tech Carpentry: Core-Classroom Curriculum
- Career Tech Carpentry: Lead Worker/Mentor Training
- Career Tech Carpentry: Panduit Telecommunications
For more information on this program, please contact Phil Smith at 916-358-1492 or email Phil.Smith@calpia.ca.gov