Inmates Graduate from Construction Training Program

SACRAMENTO – A dozen inmates from the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino are the first to complete a new academic program that makes them eligible to become apprentice craftsmen when they are released.
The CIM graduates will join approximately 500 inmates since 2002 who have earned certificates in the Inmate Ward Labor Construction Program.  The Pre-Apprenticeship curriculum that teaches a basic overview of the building and trades industry, health and safety regulations, CPR and first aid, as well as how to read blueprints, and other topics.
“Few things motivate a former inmate more than getting a job,” said Deborah Hysen, Chief Deputy Secretary for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who manages construction and maintenance of CDCR facilities.  “These men have taken an important step toward getting a career and leading a more constructive life.”
Inmates eligible for the program must have a high school diploma or be in the process of obtaining a General Education Development (GED) certificate.  The seven-segment curriculum includes four hours of academic work and 36 hours of field training each week. Inmates must complete 120 hours of study in the classroom to earn a certificate of completion.
During their training, the inmates have worked on many remodel and repair projects at CIM to increase mobility and access for impaired inmates, including repairing broken sidewalks and installing curb cuts and ramps, and repairing a medical dispensary, infirmary, the gym and several inmate housing units.
The Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a collaboration with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and local Southern California trade unions, was created to increase the rehabilitative value of a training program in construction established by CDCR in 1983.    
June 12, 2012
Contact: Bill Sessa
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