Construction Track- Program Description

The Constructing Our Future (COF) Education Track program combines extensive training in life skills with many hours spent on education and practice in building trades and residential maintenance in prison. Participants upon release are assisted with enrollment and admission into college. Working with Ivy Technical Community College, participants will gain a college degree and highly marketable job skills.


Qualified COF participants must demonstrate:

1.     A willingness to complete vocational training programs and the required groups and classes designed to improve character and life skills;

2.     The ability to be a productive member of a dynamic team that includes other participants, volunteers and training staff;

3.     An enthusiastic commitment to our mission to rehabilitate abandoned homes and properties; and

4.     The faithfulness and discipline to show up on time, every time; the humility to be respectful and accountable to one another; and the commitment to always act with integrity and honor.

Additionally, participants must:

5.     Have earned a high school diploma or GED;

6.     Have at least two years remaining executed time; and

7.     Continue to maintain good conduct in and out of the classroom.


  • Program acceptance
  • Life Skills Training


  •  Vocational Training
  • College Programming
  • Pursue any and all college programming located in prison
  • Pursue any U.S. Department of Labor Apprentice Certification deemed appropriate


  • Once the participants are released, they are eligible to reside at the program’s “Home Base,” where they will establish a case plan through PACE Indy, connect with and strengthen their support system, and gain outside employment. All while working toward degree completion. The ultimate goal is that the participant will eventually earn a degree that will provide them with a career and stable homeownership.

IWP Indiana Statehouse Presentation – Constructing Our Future

We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. We envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting re-integration for our members and their families.