What is “Life Skills?”
The goal of the Life Skills Program at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women is to assist students in preparing for re-entry. Students are provided with explicit class instruction to improve employability skills, emotional coping skills and self confidence. The goal is to enhance soft skills and practice motivational reading which can stimulate self-awareness and self-discovery.
The class also teaches finance and money management strategies. The curriculum for the computer class includes Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Publisher. In addition, keyboarding skills, resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and presentation skills are emphasized. Also, community leaders, businesses, government officials, Department of Correction personnel and speakers volunteer their time, expertise, and resources to help motivate and prepare the women in Life Skills for re-entry.