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Spring Creek Converts Unused Property Room to Vocational Training Area

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s old property room received a face lift and has become an extended vocational opportunity to the inmates, says Education CJP Gary Olsen. The goal was to offer a construction training center for inmates at SCCC. With the help of PCC Educational Coordinator Paul Kroenung and a small crew that were working in a Carpentry Apprenticeship program, work began. The area was transformed, a few books have been added and some tools have been pulled together. The project is nearing completion and expected to be up and running in a few more months. Inmates must complete the Core Curriculum first and will then have an opportunity to participate in a National Center for Construction Education and Research or (NCCER) certified program either in carpentry, electrical or plumbing. NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation that developed standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. According to CJP Olsen, the construction field is one field that has fewer felony barriers for the inmate to overcome.