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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.