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What is Workforce Development?

The Workforce unit prepares inmates for employment.

Profile of Workforce Development

Vocational Classroom Training prepares inmates for employment in the following trades:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Auto Body Repair / Auto Mechanics / Auto Painting
  • Barbering
  • Building Maintenance
  • Cabinetry
  • Computer/Office Technology
  • Construction
  • Cosmetology
  • Custodial Maintenance
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Drafting Electrical Wiring
  • Electronic Technology
  • Food Preparation/Culinary Arts
  • Graphic Arts/Printing
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Masonry/Tile Setting
  • Plumbing, Service Industry
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Upholstery
  • Welding


The Department has collaborated with the Technical College System of Georgia TCSG to certify these programs and offer Technical school certificates to inmates who complete the program.

On the Job Training

On the Job Training inmates earn Technical school certificates while employed on their work assignments.

Live Work

Live Work Projects provide work experience for inmates in our vocational education classes. Inmates can build, remodel, or repair items owned by state, county, local government and non-profit agencies.


The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employee Program (TOPPSTEP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Corrections, the Department of Labor, the Department of Human Resources, and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to provide inmates with the documents needed to obtain employment upon release (i.e. birth-certificate and Social Security card)

  • Every DOL office has TOPPSTEP counselors who assist offenders in obtaining employment upon release.
  • The TOPPSTEP collaborative and the Technical colleges sponsor Job Fairs for inmates who are within three to six months of release.

For More Information Contact:

Sheila Smith
Program Director 1, Workforce Unit

Phone: (478) 733-4233

Mailing address:
State Offices South at Tift College
300 Patrol Road
P.O. Box 1529
Forsyth, Georgia 31029