Transitions Program

Program Information

The Transitions Program offers participants employability and financial literacy skills to prepare for successful reentry into their communities. The Transitions Program consist of a series of five modules which includes:

· Module 1: Work Force Readiness – Self Knowledge

· Module 2: Work Force Readiness – Basic Needs

· Module 3: Employability – Preparation

· Module 4: Employability – Functional

· Module 5: Financial Literacy and Portfolio

This curriculum is designed to teach job readiness, job search skills, and prerequisite skills needed for today’s competitive job market. It includes practical and strategic information, hands on activities, individual and team oriented exercises, role-playing, and motivational information for encouragement.

Additionally, this curriculum helps individuals build financial knowledge, develop financial confidence, become more money-savvy, and use banking services effectively. The Department recognizes that poor financial decisions could result in years of financial burden. By educating more inmate-students about credit and banking services, they are more likely to make informed decisions on money matters, save money, and improve their financial and credit histories.

Each Transitions Program teacher also supplies supplementary reentry information to their class participants, which would include the use of Automated Rehabilitative Catalog And Information Discovery System (ARCAID) and other reentry related items. The Transitions Program partners with the Division of Adult Parole Operations’ Community Transition Program to connect inmate-students with America’s Job Centers of California and other relevant social service agencies in their counties of residence. The course culminates with completion of a portfolio of documents inmate-students have produced and assembled during the course they may need upon release.

Inmate-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.


Offered at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

A 75-hour, open entry course.


Participation in this program is available for all eligible inmate-students up to 18 months prior to release. Inmate-students are assigned to the program via the Classification Committee.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035