Thursday, March 19, 2020

Prison to Employment

A Better Way Out

On January 20th the Rourk Vocational Training Center hosted the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. Eight (8) incarcerated students were selected and enrolled in the vocational training program.

The training partnership includes Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Workforce Development Board of Solano County and the Laborer’s Community Service and Training Foundation. The partnership agrees that: “Inmates who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to jail after release and are more likely to find employment that peer who do not receive such opportunities.”

The Sheriff’s Office intends to utilize the training facility to host educational and vocational programs in automotive maintenance, welding, carpentry, and introduction to the union trades and other courses as identified.

The training course includes OSHA 10 Safety Certification, First Aid/CPR, Confined Space, Hazardous Waste Removal and Fundamentals of Construction.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion and will have opportunities to apply for and interview for positions with the union in the local and surrounding areas.

For additional information, contact Marion Aiken, Director of Workforce Services, WDB Solano, (707) 863-3594.

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