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Corrections, Labor and Workforce Development, Operating Engineers Combine Efforts in Prisoner Training Program

Providing career education to prisoners is one part of a goal to reduce recidivism as exiting prisoners are better prepared to enter the work world. The State Training and Employment Program is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Business Partnerships and funded by a set-aside from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

On June 27th, ten students from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center graduated from the Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust Center (AOEET) located in Palmer. Kaile Lewis graduated with a Class A CDL.

The AOEET 3-week training consisted of: OSHA 10 and Forklift Certification, North Slope Training Card, Mine Safety and Health Administration card for sand and gravel, CDL-class B with automatic endorsement, Heavy Equipment training/ orientation on Loader, Dozer, Articulating truck, Backhoe, Roller and Grader. Tammi Charlsworth, Kaile Lewis, Amanda Markegard, and Kayleen Wells surpassed the orientation for heavy equipment and were indentured as apprentices for the upcoming March 2015 class.

“This project was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career; it was a community involvement, from the steadfast leadership of Mike Holcomb and Adam Ferguson at AOEET, to Superintendent Mike Gilligan’s transportation team back and forth to DMV, Social Security, and medical appointments for DOT physicals. HMCC’s Gloria Johnson, Lieutenant Vikki Lacy, Ed Coordinator Karen Jenkins and DOL’s Career Specialist Anne Velardi. Also, the interaction taken with the community to make this successful was absolutely positive. This process gave me more confidence the public respects what the Department is doing to reduce recidivism,” said CJP Gary Olsen.

Seven from DOC Attend APSC Field Training Officer Class

Photo of APSC trainees

L-R: Tom Karpow, Instructor Denny, Chad Brooks, Andrea Kuckertz, Matthew Posey, Bethanne Courson, Jeremy Angel, Cary Quiring and Caroline Stevens

During the week of June 16-20th seven participants from Department of Corrections attended a Field Training Officer class sponsored by APSC. While attending this training session students learned a variety of training techniques concerning coaching, documentation, learning styles, and remedial efforts to enhance the learning experience for new employees. These individuals now possess the skills and knowledge to facilitate a solid training program in probation/parole and institutions. Efforts to expand training to new FTO’s and the development of a formal program are underway. Congratulations to those seven who graduated from the class. Please feel free to talk to them and pick their brain concerning any FTO ideas, concerns or just good information that they received from the training. Those who attended from the Anchorage Field Probation Office were Tom Karpow PO III and Andrea Kuckertz PO II. Those attending from the institution side of the house were Cary Quiring CO III and Bethanne Courson CO II both from Spring Creek. Jeremy Angel CO II, Chad Brooks CO III and Matthew Posey CO III from Goose Creek.

— PO III Caroline Stevens