Pender Correctional Institution has six dormitories, education buildings, recreation building, medical building, dining hall, operations center, administration building, programs building, gatehouse and chapel.
Pender Correctional Center has a sewing plant that manufactures uniforms for residents, ferry workers and correction officers. Many residents are assigned to work on Department of Transportation road crews, facility food service, facility maintenance, or janitor services, or to assist staff.
Cape Fear Community College works with the institution to provide vocational classes in light construction and diesel mechanics. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are available.
Residents who are developmentally deficient are assigned to the horticultural therapy program that trains them for landscaping and gardening jobs. Residents may also be assigned to the Drug Alcohol Chemical Dependency Program (DACDP/Pender-AND90) unit. DACDP is a five-week term of intensive treatment for alcohol and drug addiction in a residential facility at prisons. Other self-development, treatment and education programs are offered during evening hours and on weekends.